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Is Cyprus prepared for an earthquake?

The House interior committee will meet next week to evaluate the state’s earthquake response preparedness and to further discuss the stability and quality of buildings.

Both issues have gained renewed attention, according to head of the committee Aristos Damianos.

He told parliament on Thursday that the devastating earthquake which severely struck neighbouring Turkey and Syria has added urgency to the matter.

“There are ongoing discussions about tweaking the legislation for checks to be carried out on structural suitability of buildings,” Damianos said.

He added that the committee will continue its evaluation of how to handle abandoned or otherwise dangerous buildings.

The MP emphasised that the goal is to achieve legislative reform so these matters can be adequately addressed.

Last month, civil engineers called on the state to subsidise the anti-seismic upgrading of buildings following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

The Association of Civil Engineers (Spolmik) also released a video showing the disrepair of buildings around the island that includes images from the collapse of several balconies last year from shoddy buildings. There were no earthquakes or bad weather at the time.

Spolmik, in an accompanying statement, expressed its “strong concern about the critical and dangerous point which the ageing building stock of Cyprus has reached and the risk of human lives being lost”.