Water supply from Turkey finally restarts in the north

Water supply from Turkey finally restarts in the north

Water from a pipeline with Turkey to the north started flowing again on Tuesday, almost ten months after it was damaged and amid rising concerns of drought, reports said.

 

Water from a pipeline with Turkey to the north started flowing again on Tuesday, almost ten months after it was damaged and amid rising concerns of drought, reports said.

According to daily Kibris, the water will flow from Turkey to Panagra dam in the north.

On Monday, Turkish Cypriot authorities banned the pumping of water from Panagra because capacity was down to just 10 per cent due to the ongoing technical problems with the water pipeline from Turkey.

An event was meant to be held to celebrate the return of the water.

However, the ‘supreme court election council’ called for an event scheduled to celebrate the return of the water to be cancelled, due to the coronavirus.

It is believed ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar called for the event to be held to boost his profile ahead of elections in the north on Sunday.

In August, Tatar accompanied by Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay visited the ship conducting the repair works when it was promised water would return by August 30, a date then pushed back to September 25, and then to September 29.

Last month, Turkish Cypriot newspaper Yeni Duzen wrote water suppliers driving tankers were unable to keep their customers satisfied due to the persisting drought caused by the delay in the pipeline repair works.

 

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