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Hailstorms deal ‘final blow’ to crops in rural Limassol villages (updated)

Hailstorms and mudslides dealt the ‘final blow’ to crops in rural Limassol on Tuesday according to Amiantos mayor Kritonas Kyriakides.

Scattered showers and hail caused damage to the area’s agricultural industry, while roads were covered in debris from mudslides that brought down large pieces of wood and rocks, state broadcaster CyBC reported.

The temperature dropped to 12C, while the hailstorm and showers hit the area for approximately two hours in the afternoon.

Authorities from the public works department were at the scene to clear roads from the debris, and drivers were cautioned to be especially careful.

Kyriakides said that in combination with hailstorms that hit the area in June, the ‘final blow’ was dealt to crops.

Both he and Kyperounda mayor Giorgos Panayiotou reported the damage to the Cyprus Agriculture Organisation.

Officials from the organisation are expected to arrive in the area on Wednesday or Thursday to assess the damages caused.

Earlier police warned of rockslides on the road from Kakopetria to Karvounas.

On Wednesday the temperature is expected to hit 29C inland and 19 in the mountains. The meteorological service said that the weather would be cloudy, with a chance of scattered showers and storms inland and in the mountains.