Saturday, 11 July 2015

Cyprus marks four years since Mari disaster

CYPRUS marks four years since the deadly explosion at Mari today.

The incident occurred on 11 July 2011, when 98 containers of explosives that had been stored for 2½ years in the sun on the base near Zygi self-detonated.

The resulting explosion killed 13 people, 12 of them immediately, including Captain Andreas Ioannides, the Commander of the Navy and the base commander, Lambros Lambrou.

Also killed were four navy personnel and six firefighters, while a further 62 people were injured.

The explosion severely damaged hundreds of nearby buildings including all of the buildings in Zygi the island's largest power station, responsible for supplying over half of Cyprus' electricity.

As a result, much of Cyprus was without power in the immediate aftermath of the incident and rolling blackouts were initiated in order to conserve supplies.

Saturday 11 July 2015


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