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UPDATE Some communities freed as efforts continue to clear roads

An elderly lady clears the snow at her home in Palehori. (Photo Christos Theodorides)

Emergency crews on Thursday restored access to several communities cut off from heavy snowfall as island-wide efforts continued to clear roads leading to 19 other villages and restore power to various areas.

The number of villages cut off on Thursday morning had reached 37 overnight as snowfall continued to fall in mountainous areas.

By Thursday afternoon, authorities had cleared access to several villages but access to 19 villages was blocked because of heavy snowfall.

Various departments have been working together throughout the day to clear roads and address other problems in the affected areas.

Power has been restored to communities that experienced cuts yesterday but other areas suffered failures on Thursday.

A damaged greenhouse in Famagusta's Paralimni. (Photo sent by the Green Party.)
A damaged greenhouse in Famagusta’s Paralimni. (Photo sent by the Green Party.)

The Limassol community of Armenohori and Sina Oros, Kampi tou Farmaka, and Farmakas, in Nicosia, lost power on Thursday, EAC spokesman Costas Gavrielides said.

The Nicosia deputy district officer, where most of the cut off villages are located, said roads were cleared as far as Pedhoulas.

Marios Panayides said about 25 crews were working in various Nicosia communities alongside local authorities.

Crews were using diggers, snow ploughs, and other equipment, to clear roads leading to villages, Panayides said.

In Pedhoulas, police and the community council brought over medicines and basic food items to residents who had been cut off on Wednesday night, he said.

Limassol district had eight crews working on Thursday with diggers and graders. Officials said clearing roads was made harder because snow had packed heavy but added they had plenty of staff and equipment on standby.

The Larnaca district administration said crews were working with diggers in the villages of Vavatsinia, Odou, and Ayii to clear the roads.

The administration also sent over a grader in the Kato Dris- Hirokitia area where bad weather had created a landslide risk.

A home in Maroni was evacuated on Wednesday night when an uprooted 20-metre Cypress tree looked like it would fall on the dwelling. Volunteers, and crews from the civil defence, police and the district administration temporarily supported the tree, which had to be chopped down on Thursday.

Paphos’ district officer Yiannis Mallourides said their crew and about 10 vehicles belonging to the administration remained on standby as the bad weather left Paphos relatively unscathed.

It will continue being cold and windy on Thursday, and will be up to 6 degrees Celsius in Nicosia, 9 degrees Celsius in the coastal cities and -2 degrees Celsius in the mountains. In the evening temperatures will drop some three degrees Celsius.

Latest police list of all cut off villages:
Nicosia district:
Kannavia, Milikouri, Ayia Irini, Moutoulas, Farmakas, Alona, Polystippos, Askas, Fterikoudi, Apliki, Gouri, Lazania, Macheras, Kionia, Platanistasa
Larnaca district
Odou, Vavatsinia,
Limassol district: Ayios Theodoros, Prodromos

All roads to Troodos are closed.
Several roads are closed, dangerous, open only to four wheel vehicles that are equipped with snow chains.

Police are urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel. Check road conditions before travelling.
Announcements can be found on the force’s website: www.police.gov.cy, on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cypolice) and their Twitter account (twitter.com/Cyprus_Police). (Greek only)
People can also call the hotline 1460 or the HQ on 22808080

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