Egypt's Aswan governorate assured Tuesday that it has finished preparing 73 natural and artificial floodways in order to deal with floods this season.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Irrigation in Aswan also said that the ministry recently built 18 obstruction dams and ground barriers to prevent any water from reaching the natural floodway, as well as 10 artificial lakes.
These statements came after Abu Simbel city in south Aswan was hit by heavy rains accompanied by winds on Monday that led to the suspension of public transport, especially in the downtown areas of Abu Simbel.
Following the rains, Aswan governorate raised preparedness and emergency levels at ambulance and firefighting facilities in anticipation of more downpours.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Irrigation’s agencies in Aswan announced that they had raised the preparedness level to the maximum in order to face rain and floods during the current season.