Cairo governor urges residents try not to leave homes as heavy rains pound capital

Ahram Online , Friday 31 Dec 2021

The Governor of Cairo Khaled Abdel-Aal urged on Friday morning the residents of the capital not to leave their homes except for extreme necessity as heavy rains pounded Cairo on the last year of the year.


Egypt’s Meteorological Authority (EMA) warned on Friday that Cairo, the Nile Delta and north Upper Egypt would continue to witness moderate to heavy rainfall.

Pouring rains with strong cold wind have already hit various parts of Egypt since early morning.

The EMA warned of moderate to heavy rainfall with possible thunder and hail on Friday in Matrouh, Alexandria, Damietta, Port Said, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqiya, Daqahliya, Gharbiya, Menoufiya, Cairo, Giza, Ismailiya, Suez, Fayoum, Beni Suef and Minya governorates at intermittent periods during the day.

The EMA also warned of heavy rain in some parts of Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, especially in Zaafarana, Ras Gharib and Ras Shoukair.

Meanwhile, there will be light rain at different times of the day, the EMA added.

So far, there have been no injuries reported due to this wave of bad weather.

Egypt’s Holding Company for Water & Wastewater announced an emergency on Friday throughout the governorates affected by the bad weather conditions.

In a statement issued on Friday, the company said that any water accumulations are dealt with immediately.

Cairo, the Nile Delta, northern Upper Egypt and the north coast witnessed cold weather during the day while South Sinai and south Upper Egypt witnessed warmer weather.

All areas in Egypt will witness very cold weather at night, with central Sinai seeing freezing temperatures.

The EMA also announced that there would be extremely turbulent navigation in the Mediterranean with waves reaching five metres.

Due to this turbulence, Kafr Sheikh Governor Gamal Nour El-Din ordered a halt to all navigation activities in the governorate for the day.

Navigation in Red Sea ports went undisturbed as Suez Canal cities witnessed light to moderate rains.

Despite the bad weather conditions, EgyptAir announced that its flights have been continuing as normal so far.

The EMA added that weather conditions in Egypt are expected to improve starting starting Tuesday.

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