Sunshine dream in ruins: Britons' homes destroyed in Cyprus landslides

Mail Online | 7/3/2019 | George Odling For The Daily Mail
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Magnificent views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, luxury villas at affordable prices, easy access to lush golf courses — and you drive on the left.

No wonder Cyprus has become the destination of choice for thousands of Brits seeking a new life in the sun.

Community - Island - Hills - Dreams - Homes

But one community nestled in the island's hills has seen its dreams shattered as their homes are ripped apart and rendered worthless by gaping fissures opening up beneath them.

Already, 17 families have been evicted in Pissouri Village, where at least 70 houses are collapsing.

Fissures - Landslides - Water - Earth - Valley

The fissures are thought to be caused by underground landslides created by water flowing beneath the earth into the valley, due to heavy rain and the fact that Cyprus does not have a robust sewerage system.

Dozens of desperate families have pleaded with the Cypriot government to help with their plight.

Government - Problem - Years - Scale - Disaster

They argue that if the government had acted when they first identified the problem years ago then the scale of the disaster would have been much less.

In 2015 the then minister of the interior, Socratis Hasikos, said it was the government's duty to intervene, but following his resignation in May 2017, no action has been taken.

'We - Nothing - Anyone - Surveyor - Antony

'We have had nothing since; they haven't even sent anyone down here to look,' says former chartered surveyor Antony Walker, 73, whose home is one of those affected.

'They have kicked the can down the road while our homes slip further every day.

Fault - Developers - Time - Developers - Roads

'At first they said it was the fault of the developers, but each was built at a different time by different developers; and how would that explain why roads are collapsing?'

A group of 29 villagers, who have named themselves the Pissouri Housing Initiative Group (PHIG), believes the Cypriot government should apply to the European Union for money from its solidarity fund to help with the problem.

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