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Some villages still cut off despite rise in temperature

SEVEN VILLAGES remained cut off on Saturday due to the heavy snowfall in recent days.

According to police, the villages of Lazania, Fikardou, Lemythou, Tris Elies, Kaminaria, Ayios Demetrios and Paliomylos remained inaccessible despite the upturn in temperatures.

Dozens of village communities were cut-off from Wednesday following nights of bitter cold weather and heavy snowfall that even saw snowflakes fall briefly over the capital.

A number of villages started running out of basic supplies while the authorities employed both public and private vehicles in an effort to clear roads and restore access.

By yesterday, temperatures rose by a few degrees, while all communities bar seven were re-connected with the rest of the country. Three villages in the Paphos district woke up to a blanket of snow, causing the roads to be dangerous and slippery.

Police warned that many roads were still considered dangerous due to the bad weather and remained closed. All roads to Troodos on Saturday were only open to vehicles with four-wheel drive or chains on their wheels, while a number of roads connecting villages in the mountainous and semi-mountainous areas were also closed, covering the districts of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos.

Police called on members of the public to avoid unnecessary travel and remain cautious. Those using the road network are advised to drive slow, keep their distance from other vehicles and be aware of possible ice on the road.

For the latest update on the condition of the road network, motorists can read police announcements on the force’s website, www.police.gov.cy, or on its Facebook page (Facebook.com/cypruspolice) or Twitter account (Twitter.com/Cyprus_Police).

 

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