Egypt's PM raises state of emergency due to heavy rain, cold snap

Mai Ghandour , Saturday 19 Feb 2022

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly ordered raising the state of emergency to the maximum in a meeting on Saturday with a number of governors as bad weather and heavy rain continue to hit many areas nationwide.

(Photo: Al-Ahram)
(Photo: Al-Ahram)

Madbouly asked the governors to deploy the equipment necessary to remove heavy rain from the streets and ensure smooth traffic, especially on highways.

He instructed operation chambers to remain convened round the clock in governorates and prepare the necessary reports on weather conditions.

The premier ordered the governors to ensure the presence of emergency teams in the event of any outage as well as relief teams on highways.

Strong winds and moderate to heavy rainfall continue to hit large areas across the country, including Greater Cairo, Lower Egypt, and the North Coast, as the country witnesses a three-day wave of unstable weather.

Thunderstorms hit the Sinai Peninsula, and parts of the Red Sea governorate were hit by torrential rains.

The cold wave nationwide is driving temperatures down, with some areas witnessing dusty winds.

The intermittent downpour today lasted for several minutes in some parts of Greater Cairo and longer in several areas in Lower Egypt. However, no traffic congestion was reported due to the rainfall.

Several vacuum trucks were seen across streets in many coastal governorates to drain the rainwater and help smooth traffic.

According to the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA), the wave will continue until Sunday morning.

Greater Cairo and Lower Egypt will see highs of 17-22 degrees Celsius until Wednesday and lows of 10-11, while the Northern Coast will record highs of 17-19 and lows of 10-12.

South Sinai will record highs of 22-25 and lows of 14-15. Northern Upper Egypt will see highs of 18-22 and lows of 7-8, while Southern Upper Egypt will record highs of 22-27 and lows of 10-12, according to the EMA.

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