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Blast causes 2 million Euros worth of damage in communities
2011-07-14 12:21:20

Damages reaching two million euros have been recorded in the residential areas of Larnaca and LimassoL as a result of tMonday's deadly explosion at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base near Limassol which destroyed the island's major power plant.

Minister of the Interior Neoclis Sylikiotis said damages in residential areas reached 510,000 euros in the Larnaca District and 1,439,000 euros in the Limassol District, adding that available funds from his Ministry and the Civil Defence would be used to cover part of the costs for repairs. The rest, he said, would be approved by the Council of Ministers.

Mr.Sylikiotis also pointed out that residents already repairing their homes would receive financial assistance from the state over the next few days, while others who suffered more serious damage which needed assessment, would be given aid soon.

The Minister also mentioned that he visited the affected communities in the Larnaca and Limassol districts immediately and that all services cooperated to provide assistance during the crucial hours after the explosion, adding that a first assessment of the damage had been completed within 24 hours.

Allegedly,314 houses and other buildings suffered damage in the Larnaca District and about 400 in the Limassol District.

Mr.Sylikiotis noted that teams are working on clearing the areas of debris.

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