Villagers from the village of Syrianochori (Yayla) in Morphou have hit out in frustration over the local council’s failure to build them a bridge to get to their community.
According to Turkish Cypriot media, local residents and farmers are being forced to trek across a river bed after the only bridge into the community was destroyed by heavy flooding backing in 2010. At the time, the overflowing of the river led to the flooding of homes and the destruction of a large section of a road. The bridge had ultimately collapsed into the river.
Authorities at the time made temporary arrangements to direct traffic through the bed of the river after it had dried out. However, the bridge has yet to be repaired and residents claim that they run the risk of being swept away by the possibility of flash floods or even being cut off if water beings filling the river again.