Cyprus Mail

Rainfall causes traffic turmoil but not enough to ease drought

Overnight Wednesday a three-metre deep crater opened on the old Nicosia-Limassol road near Choirokitia (CNA)

Despite the downpours in recent days, rainfall so far this month is at 22 per cent of the November average.

According to the Met Service, up until November 22, 11.9mm of rain fell, compared to the ‘normal’ quantity of 53.3mm for the entire month.

The past 24 hours saw an average of 4mm of rainfall across the country, the Met said.

Drivers are advised to check their tyres and make sure their brakes and windshield wipers are in good working condition.

On Thursday both directions of the Nicosia-Limassol highway experienced traffic turmoil due to heavy rainfall that caused three car crashes.

According to police, an accident occurred in the Kofinou area of Nicosia-Limassol highway with direction towards Limassol at around 3.30pm. The right lane was temporarily closed off for half an hour.

At around the same time, two more accidents were recorded in the direction towards Nicosia, one in the Skarinou area and another one in the Kofinou area.

No one was injured, police said.

Normal traffic had resumed by the evening. However, police were advising the public to drive carefully on the highways and keep a safe distance from other vehicles due to the slippery tarmac, particularly in the areas of Kofinou, Skarinou and Kornou which experienced heavy rainfall.

Motorists were also advised to be careful if driving along the old Nicosia-Limassol road, near Khirokitia, where repair work was ongoing.

Overnight Wednesday a three-metre deep crater opened on the old Nicosia-Limassol road near Choirokitia.  Heavy rainfall during the night also affected two roads in the Larnaca region. The coastal road from Kiti to Zygi was closed to traffic due to soil, sludge and objects on the road.

With the rain heavy in the Larnaca region for much of the night, the fire service said they had to rescue people from flooded cars on four occasions in addition to responding to calls about flooded property.


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