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Contract to rebuild Artemida to be signed tomorrow
2008-01-10 10:24:46

Nicosia, Jan 10 - The contract to rebuild the town and community of Artemida in Greece which was critically damaged during last summer’s catastrophic forest fires will be signed tomorrow.

The specific contract, exceeding €8.5 mil, will be signed between the Ministry of the Interior and J&P ABAΧ company.

The project includes work on 80 structures, of which 48 are residential. The main square in Artemida village will be reconstructed and renamed “Cyprus Square”.

The overall cost of rebuilding Artemida is estimated at 14.5 mil.

Last September the Government of Cyprus pledged to undertake the cost of rebuilding the town. So far it has allocated 300,000 to anti-flood projects around the village.

In addition, a team of Cypriot town planners, architects and civil engineers have visited the area and submitted a report to the Government regarding the urgent needs for the reconstruction of the village.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos visited the area in November and was briefed by the Greek Government and local authorities on the problems they face regarding its reconstruction.

The town was among the communities hardest hit by the wild fires in August of last year which burned down dozens of homes and thousands of acres of farmland, killing at least 50 people in the surrounding area. Thirteen residents died outside Artemida on August 24 after being trapped by flames whilst attempting to flee to the main town of Zacharo.

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