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A barge capsizes in Egypt dropping tons of phosphate into Nile river

A barge carrying 500 tons of phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt's Qena

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Apr 2015
A boat cruises along the river Nile in Cairo
A boat cruises along the river Nile in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi declared a state of extreme emergency at his ministry due to the capsizing of a barge carrying 500 tons of phosphate in Upper Egypt's Qena.

The ship capsized after colliding with the foundations of the city's Dandara Bridge, reported Egypt's official news agency MENA.

Irrigation ministry spokesman Khalled Wassef told Ahram Online that the ministry and army are overseeing dredgers removing the material from the riverbed.

"Phosphate is not soluble in water so there is little risk of poisoning drinking water,  though the ministry has nevertheless notified Qena's potable water station to take necessary precautions," Wassef said.

Wassef said the measure is the primary emergency action being taken, adding that the environment ministry is taking samples from the water to evaluate the effects of the incident.

An operations room at the ministry was set up to follow up on the situation and to coordinate between different administrative, policing and environmental bodies in the city to control the situation, MENA said.

The barge's captain and his deputy were able to flee to safety.

Egypt's is vastly dependent on the Nile river for its water supply. The country's annual water quota from the Nile is 55 billion cubic metres.

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17-05-2015 05:21am
Spillage of Phosphate into upper part of the Nile
Salaam to readers. As careful Bible readers who believe in the 'Old Testament' of the Bible, we have a very prayerful concern for Egypt's People since 2011. May we urge the brave Christians to pray with us (and many people world wide)- for the solution for many sad problems, to come soon - by people turning to the Most High God through El Massih/Yasuo/ Jesus Messiah to save them, ready for being with a Holy God in Heaven, as the Holy Bible explains.[Please read:John 3: 16.] May the God of Hope comfort many suffering Egyptian Believers. This and other bad incidents make us believe that the 2,600 year old prophecy of Isaiah in chapter 19 is being fulfilled, in its details. Careful study shows that the various events have never all happened together, in the past. They are starting to happen in this decade of the 21st Century. You can write to Thanks to Ahram Online for this opportunity to write.
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