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Aplanta or Ablanda was a small village situated in the Larnaca district, four kilometers south of Anglisides and eighteen kilometers southwest of the town of Larnaca. Goodwin believes that the village was most probably named after a former landowner named “Planta.” Aplanta developed out of a large farm called Aplanda Çiftliği. Until 1946, it was listed as a farm.
As can be seen in the above chart, the village was a farm that developed into a small hamlet inhabited solely by Turkish Cypriots. Throughout the British period, the population of the village increased significantly, rising from 14 persons in 1891 to 55 in 1960.
No one was displaced or killed during the intercommunal tensions of the late 1950s. However, during the intercommunal strife of December 1963 all the villagers evacuated the village and sought refuge in the larger Turkish Cypriot village of Kivisili/Cevizli(358). The second conflict-related displacement took place in 1974, after a Turkish-controlled north was created following the second Turkish military offensive in August of that year. Subsequently, many Aplanta Turkish Cypriots fled with the villagers of Kivisili/Cevizli(358), where they had taken refuge, to the northern side of the divide. By December 1974, there was no one left in the village. The majority of the Aplanta Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Limnia/Mormenekşe(164) village of the Famagusta district. The total number of the displaced Turkish Cypriots of Aplanta is estimated to be around 60-70 persons.
Currently the village is in ruins and no one lives there.
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