The state is dragging its feet, refusing to pay compensation to Britons whose homes have sustained enormous damage in Pissouri because of a slow moving landslide, their lawyer said on Tuesday.
Speaking on Radio Active, Elina Zoi cited the example of one house which has moved a full metre from its place. As a result all the pipes and cables have broken.
“The people cannot do anything and are paying a mortgage for a house which has moved a whole metre,” she said.
She spoke a day after the BBC broadcast a programme highlighting the plight of British families in Pissouri whose homes have been ripped apart. BBC One’s Inside Out South programme noted that similar to the UK, insurers in Cyprus do not cover landslides and it is the government which is responsible for compensating for natural disasters.
Zoi said that a request has been submitted for a study to be carried out by foreign experts to determine whether the area can be stabilised.
She said that six years since the problem arose, the state has decided to invite international tenders to study the issue and propose solution.
“The government should stop pretending that it is the fault of the studies and admit that there is a landslide, to compensate those who have sustained damage and to issue title deeds,” she said.
TheLand and Surveys Department has been refusing to issue title deeds since 2015 because the maps are wrong and cannot be corrected because of the landslide, she added.