Cyprus Mail

Villagers take snowfall in their stride


By Evie Andreou

ASIDE from mobility problems, residents of the affected mountain areas welcomed the snow, which is an acceptable annual phenomenon, although not as much as other years, some said.

Communities that were shut off due to the heavy rainfall took the opportunity take time out from school and work, and socialise in their villages’ traditional coffee shops in front of wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

Elias Eliades, a resident of Panayia village in Paphos that lies at an elevation of 1,143 meters above sea level, said that they were welcomed by snow in the morning when they woke up, although this year the snow was less than in previous years.

The community head, Michael Georgiou, said that no problems were caused by the snow.

Due to the stacking up of snow, that started falling at around 10pm on Tuesday night, the Panayia elementary school and kindergarten remained closed, but several students from other schools who live in the village decided to stay home.

Despite the snowfall, people are walking around buying their groceries, said shop owner Nathanael Elia.

“We are used to the snow,” said pensioner Achilleas Georgiou.

He added that despite the cold, he could not stay at home and preferred to visit the coffee shop.

Snowfall started from early morning and continued in intervals, with the weather gradually improving

“Our greatest problem will be (Thursday) morning when all the roads will be covered in frost,” said Palaichori community leader Theophilos Miltiades.

He added that despite the fact that it is difficult to travel outside the village, a few people took the risk and travelled to Nicosia to get to work.

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