Alert: Azhar road tunnel in Cairo closed briefly due to water leakage

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jun 2014

A former official responsible for the road tunnel has warned of failure to fix technical problems

Azhar tunnel
Egypt's Azhar tunnel (Photo courtesy of The Arab Contractors)

The Azhar road tunnel, which connects downtown Cairo with Salah Salem boulevard, was closed on Saturday after partial flooding from a water leak, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic website.

Vacuuming trucks were deployed to the tunnel to extract the water, the source said.

The tunnel was reopened after an hour of closure.

In March, the head of the Azhar Tunnel Operation Authority, Ibrahim Samaha, announced his resignation, saying that there had been several technical issues in the tunnel and that requests to fix them had been ignored.

He also told the media that he couldn't afford to wait any longer – he feared a catastrophe in the tunnel and, as head of its authority, he would be blamed. 

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