Alexandrian officials inspecting removal of water from flooded streets
Authorities in Alexandria have suspended work, schools, and universities, as a wave of deadly, bad weather and torrential rain continued to hit the city for the second day straight.
This annual rainstorm, which is known in Alexandria as the “Maknasa” storm, is set to continue for three more days amid a significant drop in temperature.
In the early hours of Friday, rain and thunderstorms hit from Salloum in Marsa Matrouh to Alexandria; then the rain moved gradually to the Delta, Cairo, and eventually the Eastern Coast.
The Egyptian Meteorolgical Authority (EMA) released a statement on Saturday saying that the current turbulent weather in the country will continue till Thursday.
Alexandria Governor Mohamed El-Sherif called on residents to stay at home unless it is necessary to go out, in order to allow executive authorities to remove water from drenched streets.
The suspension of work and schools in Alexandria comes after at least five people were killed and five injured on Friday in the collapse of two residential buildings in Al-Gomrok and Karmouz districts following thunderstorms and heavy rain.
The city has mobilized 180 vehicles to remove water from the streets.
The governorate on Friday had also warned residents against standing in open spaces during thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Cairo governorate also issued a similar warning on Friday, calling on citizens to stay at home and to drive cautiously if they have to leave their homes for any necessity.