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Vyzakia dam becomes ninth to overflow this winter

February 18, 2019 at 1:15pm
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The small Vyzakia dam overflowed on Monday, becoming the third dam in the Nicosia district and the ninth islandwide to fill after one of the wettest winters in recent memory.

All three dams in the Nicosia district — Vyzakia, Xyliatos and Kalopanayiotis are now full.

Also full are Argakas, Pomos and Ayia Marina in the Polis Chrysochous area, Yermasoyia and Polemidhia in Limassol and Mavrokolymbos in Paphos.

Overall, water storage is at 67.6% of total capacity — more than three times the 21.1% levels on the same day last year. Indicative of the abundant inflow is that so far, the dams have collected four times what they collected throughout the year 2017/2018.

The dams have seen a total inflow of 167,760 million cubic metres (mcm) since October 1, bringing the total to 196,472 mcm. Quantities so far this year are more than the entire quantities collected every year except one in the past decade — — that of 2011/2012 when a total of 191,754 mcm flowed into the dams in the 12 month period.

With the rains not still over and the flow continuing, Cyprus could well be set for a record year.

Water levels at the three big dams — Kouris (573.% full)  Asprokremos (88.3%)  and Evretou (76.8%) are significantly above last year’s levels of 14.8%, 25.8% and 76.8% respectively.

(Picture posted by Kyriacos Violaris on Facebook Group Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus)

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