Civil Defence is launching an awareness campaign to minimise the risk from floods and to urge local authorities and the public to take preventive measures.
It has identified 19 areas of potential significant flood risk, all linked to rivers.
Civil Defence has also prepared interactive maps which are accessible on line, enabling the public to check whether their property is in such a zone.
The department will also be carrying out other information activities and circulating information material.
Under EU directive 2007/60 on the assessment and management of flood risks, member states are required to assess if all water courses and coast lines are at risk from flooding, to map the flood extent and assets and human at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce this flood.
The directive also reinforces the rights of the public to access this information and to have a say in the planning process.
In Cyprus, the mapping was carried out by the Department of Water Development which set out three levels of probability
- a flood which (statistically) recurs every 20 years
- a flood which (statistically) recurs every 100 years
- a flood which (statistically) recurs every 500 years
Members of the public can search by entering their address or the land and surveys number of their property.