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Fire service helps stranded drivers in flooded Larnaca (Updated)

File photo: Cars stranded in Larnaca during a flooding episode


The fire service said it had responded to some 15 calls from drivers whose vehicles were left stranded in flooded roads in Larnaca following two hours of rain on Thursday.

The cars were located around the Kition Bishopric area, which was especially affected by the rain, which started at lunchtime.

Roads flooded trapping cars and their drivers. Fire fighters towed vehicles out of the flooded thoroughfares. In some cases they had to pump water from the flooded areas.

Police meanwhile issued warnings to drivers after rock and mudslides on the Paphos to Limassol motorway, near Pissouri and Avdimou.

Rocks also fell on the Peyia to Kathikas and Prodromi to Droushia roads, rendering them dangerous, police said.

The force urged drivers to be extra careful and maintain low speeds.

As rain fell heavily for the third day running which included the last two days of November, it did not make up for the lack of rain during the rest of November, the Met Office said on Thursday.

The average precipitation in November is 53.3mm, but last month there was only 31.1mm, 58 per cent of what is normal.

Of this, next to nothing was recorded in the first 28 days of the month, 0.1mm, while the amount for November 29 and 30 were 15.3mm and 15.7mm respectively.

Nowhere on the island except in Kato Pyrgos where it reached 124 per cent or 73mm did the percentage of rainfall even come close to normal.

Larnaca, often an area where there are problems with flooding during heavy downpours, escaped relatively unscathed until Thursday. While it rained heavily elsewhere, only 14mm of rain was recorded, 33 per cent of the usual for the month, was recorded in Larnaca.

In the mountains where 83mm rainfall is the November norm in Prodromos and Platania, only 42.5mm in Prodromos and 52mm in Platania were recorded.

All other areas also recorded low levels for the month as a whole with Nicosia at 26.4mm, Limassol at 27mm, and Paphos at 28.9mm. The least amount fell in Paralimni (13.4mm).

On Thursday and Friday more showers and localised storms are expected with snow on the highest peaks of Troodos. There is the possibility of local showers during the weekend and on Monday.

Usually, more rain falls in December, 90mm, and in January, 97mm, than in any other months.


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