Cypriot government declares three days of mourning to honor victims of deadly explosion
Following the events of the deadly explosion at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari,the government of the Republic of Cyprus has declared three days of mourning beginning on Monday, July 11, 2011, through to Wednesday, July 13, 2011. During this time, all flags on state buildings are to be flown half mast, and all public events are to be postponed.
Speaking after an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers convened by the President, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said the dead from the tragedy have reached twelve and the wounded 62, including two who are reportedly gravely injured. The Government spokesman expressed sorrow and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, adding that the funerals of the victims will be held at the state's expense.
Meanwhile, President Christofias has accepted the resignations of the Minister of Defence, Mr. Costas Papacostas and that of National Guard Chief of Staff, Mr. Petros Tsalikides.
The President has also called upon the people to cooperate in order to overcome the difficulties arising from the reduced supply of electric energy and water by minimizing their usage of air conditioning or other electrical devices.
Spokesman Stephanou also conveyed the government's decision to call in experts from abroad to assist investigations into the tragedy.