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€550,000 in aid for storm-battered villages

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A collapsed roof and other damage to a house in Nikitari from Monday's storms

A total of €550,000 will be extended to the victims of the heavy storms that battered several communities in the Nicosia district on Monday, particularly the village of Nikitari.

“The government will extend an immediate €2,000 grant to all affected home and business owners in the area,” government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

“Should the estimate of the total damages on a house or a shop surpass €3,000, the initial grant of €2,000 will be followed by an extra grant at a later date amounting to 35 per cent of the total assessed damages.”

It was also decided to set up a technical committee, which will be chaired by a civil engineer, to examine all applications submitted requesting financial aid.

The government also set up an appeals committee which will examine any objections that could arise from the decisions taken by the technical committee.

“We are actively supporting all residents who were affected by the storms, in the hope that the grants they receive will help them return to a normal life,” said Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said in a statement.

“We will start compensating affected home and business owners in the coming days, so that they can start repairing their properties as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, the stormy weather that has gripped the island for the past two days is set to continue into Wednesday with the met office urging people to take all the necessary precautions where possible.

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