Fresh wave of rainfall to hit Alexandria, northern Egypt in coming days

Ahram Online , Friday 30 Oct 2015

Meteorologists expect heavy rain in the Mediterranean city for three days starting Sunday

An Egyptian man walks around a flooded street after a heavy rainfall in the coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP)

Weather forecasters expect a new wave of rainfall to hit the country's northern coast this weekend, including Alexandria, where flooding devastated parts of the city last week.

Light rainfall is expected late on Saturday in the Mediterranean city as well as in Marsa Matrouh, 75 km (110 miles) to the west, Wahid Saudi, spokesperson for the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, said on Friday.

Heavier rain is forecast in both provinces for three days beginning Sunday, Saudi added, urging authorities to take necessary measures to pre-empt a "disaster" in Alexandria.

Last week's heavy rains caused havoc across several parts of the city, killing at least six people, including two children.

Photos from the city showed submerged cars, flooded houses and locals walking in knee-high water as streets turned into rivers.

The flooding caused outrage among the public, highlighted the city's poorly maintained infrastructure and perceived governmental negligence, prompting provincial governor Hany El-Mesery to resign.

Rainfall is also forecast on Saturday in the country's northeastern coast, including in the border Sinai Peninsula. It will reach the capital Cairo and the Nile Delta on Sunday.

Meteorologists expect temperatures to remain stable in the coming weeks.

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