Egypt's Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati has ordered the relevant authorities to prepare for the fast-approaching rainy winter season, according to a statement the ministry released on Sunday.
In a meeting with officials from the Mechanics and Electricity Authority of Upper Egypt earlier today, the minister was briefed on the readiness of the authority's water pumping stations for the anticipated rainy season.
Abdel-Ati also ordered officials to carry out the necessary maintenance for the stations and to coordinate with municipal and security authorities to secure the power supply lines that feed the water stations.
The statement added that the ministry's departments have taken all necessary measures to address the problems caused by heavy rains in some governorates.
Since last week, a number of Egyptian provinces, especially coastal cities like Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, have been witnessing unstable weather conditions, including a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy rainfall.
On Friday, photos of flooded streets in Alexandria went viral online.
Authorities in Alexandria suspended schools and universities during the last two days as a wave of torrential rain hit the city.
At least five people were killed and five others were injured on Friday when two residential buildings collapsed in the Al-Gomrok and Karmouz districts following thunderstorms and heavy rain.