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Alexandria residents block road to demand govt improve response to flooding

The Education Department said that students who missed school during the flooding will not be penalised, and that their safety is the primary concern

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Nov 2015
Alexandria floods
Cars stuck in the flooded streets of Alexandria (Photo: Nada Ramadan)
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Dozens of Alexandria residents in the Nozha Airport neighbourhood blocked the Cairo-Alexandria Agricultural Road to protest the flooding of their homes.

The angry residents called on governorate officials to deploy water sucking trucks to remove the water from the ground floors of buildings. A number of schools were also flooded.

The absentee rate in Alexandria schools reached around 90 percent of the total registered students due to the unstable weather, Samir El-Neely, media spokesperson for the Education Department in Alexandria, told Ahram Arabic news website.

El-Neely also said students absent on Wednesday will not be penalised and that their safety is a priority. Some schools also let the students leave early due to the weather conditions.

Thursday has been announced by the governorate as an official holiday due to weather conditions.

The Falaki, Syouf and Ezbet Mohsen areas in eastern Alexandria were also flooded. Areas in the west of the city including Dekheila and Amreya, a working-class district on the outskirts of Alexandria, were also flooded, with water reportedly reaching two metres.

Many coffee shops, restaurants and shops on the Corniche were also flooded, and the Sidi-Gaber gas station suffered severe flooding.

Water sucking trucks have been sent by the municipal sewage company in Alexandria to remove water accumulation in streets, but the flooding problem still prevails.

Numerous videos of Alexandria street floods where vehicles are partly covered with water have been circulating on social media.

Heavy rain also led to power outages in many parts of the city, including Dekheila, Kilo 21, Victoria, Sidi Bishr, Assafra and Mandara.

A similar weather scenario occurred last week, leaving five people dead from accidents caused by the rain.

Governor Hany El-Messery resigned last week following the damage caused by the weather and the poor infrastructure.

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