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Erimi fire under control (Update 2)

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Firefighters on Thursday afternoon brought under control a big fire in the Erimi area in Limassol district, a spokesman said.

Andreas Kettis said 14 engines, including two belonging to the British bases, where the area is located, and seven water-dropping aircraft were used to fight the blaze, which started at around 1pm and mostly burned wild brush.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a farming area, though their efforts were hampered by strong winds and rugged terrain.

A second, 600-metre-wide front broke out later in the afternoon and was eventually brought under control at around 6pm.

Kettis told state radio that crews were securing the area in case of a reignition.

In Nicosia, meanwhile, the fire service had to scramble to pump water from dwellings and rescue motorists who had been stranded on flooded roads due to torrential rain.

The spokesman said rain was particularly heavy in Lakatamia, Anayia, Deftera, and Anthoupoli. Five fire service crews and civil defence personnel were deployed to help people experiencing problems.

The force responded to 31 calls about flooded buildings and several calls from stranded motorists, including a small bus carrying foreign nationals in Meniko. Kettis said four children were removed from the bus by locals before the fire service arrived.

Firefighters helped five adults off the bus, including the driver, before towing the vehicle to safe ground.

 

 

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