Egypt's Meteorological Authority warns of autumn flash floods

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Sep 2018

File Photo: Cars and buses are seen in a main street after heavy rainfall in Alexandria, Egypt (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Head of the Meteorological Authority’s Analysis Center Mahmoud Shahin warned governors across the state of this autumn season’s expected floods, which are estimated to begin on 22 September.

The EMA called on all governors to check flood and rain sewerage networks, while mountains governorates should pay extra attention to face the autumn floods this year.

Shahin affirmed that the autumn season this year will witness the highest amount of rain and floods during the whole year. 

On Sunday, Shahin said the flood season is expected to start in Egypt on 22 September, indicating that it may be accompanied by unstable weather conditions.

Over the past few years, Egypt has been hit with several bouts of torrential rain, which has caused a number of deaths, power cuts, and road accidents in several parts of the country.

In November 2015, the governor of Alexandria resigned after officials failed to take adequate measures to deal with a wave of torrential rain which flooded the city, leaving five dead.

In 2016, 26 people died in the governorates of South Sinai, Sohag, and the Red Sea as a result of flooding after heavy rainfall.

Earlier in April, many Egyptians expressed frustration with the situation, sharing videos and photos online showing up to two feet of rain deluging apartments, garages and shutting down major roads.

President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, in an effort to combat the suffering of some Egyptians resulting from the heavy downpours in the country, has called to intensify efforts to prevent the recurrence of such problems again.




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