Heavy storms batter Cyprus

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Rain lashes Cyprus

The Cypriot Minister of Agriculture spent Monday inspecting damage caused by hail which battered the Mediterranean island over the weekend.

In less than 20 minutes, a storm swept through eastern Cyprus on Sunday, unleashing walnut-sized hail and leaving potato crops in tatters.

“Unfortunately, once again, the crop has been destroyed,” farmers’ union official Yiannakis Gavriel told local media.

“We expect the agricultural department to record the damage so that compensation can be paid immediately, allowing the farmers to plant again in November,” he added.

The storms caused the most damage in the prime produce-growing fields of Frenaros and Sotira.

At the same time, the violent weather battered the popular resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, damaging several cars and tearing branches from trees.

In the capital Nicosia, electricity to several communities was knocked-out, with the fire service responding to 73 calls for help. Several main roads in the capital were flooded after torrential rains, as was a section of a city center thoroughfare when a river overflowed.

Weather forecasters have predicted more unsettled weather in the coming days.

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