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Egypt witnesses 'unprecedented' levels of rain fall: Official

Heavy rain lead to accidents leave at least 12 dead on Wednesday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Nov 2015
Floods covering streets of the coastal city of Alexandria on Wednesday November 4, 2015 (Photo:Al-Ahram)

The head of Egypt’s Meteorological Authority (EMA) Ahmed Abdel El-Al told Ahram Online that Wednesday rain fall across several governorates represents an "unprecedented" phenomenon in the country.

Abdel El-Aal said that the rainfall in Egypt's coastal city Alexandria reached 37 millimeters after almost three hours of rain up until 1PM local time.

He added that the rain fall reached 15 millimeters in Egypt's Beheira governorate’s Wadi El-Natroun reached, and13 millimeters in Menoufiya governorate. 

 The official stressed that this is an "unprecedented" increase in water levels in Alexandria, Beheria, Kafr El-Sheikh and Menoufiya governorates. 

"The water levels have increased in the mentioned governorates in comparison to last year's records," Abdel-Aal said. 

"Rain will continue to fall until Friday but not in the same amount," Abdel-Aal said. 

The official website of the EMA does not provide records of levels of rain fall in Egypt.

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