17 killed, over two-dozen injured in weather related accidents in Egypt: Ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 6 Nov 2015

Egyptians try to cross the street during a rainy day in Cairo (Photo: Sally El-Gergawi)

Egypt's health ministry says 17 people have been killed and 28 wounded in incidents related to the latest rainstorm striking the country in the past few days.

Fifteen people have been killed since Wednesday in the northern Nile Delta governorate of Beheira alone, where flooding forced over 100 people to leave their homes, according to a health ministry statement late on Thursday.

Twenty-seven people were injured in rain-related accidents in the governorate, 80 kilometres (112 miles) north of Cairo.

The flooding has devastated many homes as well as large swathes of farmland in Beheira, mainly in the Wadi Al-Natroun valley. Ahram Daily said losses of farmland and the death of millions of poultry heads are estimated at LE 3 billion.  

In Cairo's neighboring Giza governorate, three children were killed on Thursday, from electrocution caused by the heavy rain, Ahram Arabic news website. In Gharbiya, two people died and another was injured, the ministry said.

A woman was reported dead Wednesday after falling into an open storm drain in front of her home in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where heavy rains have wreaked havoc in the past two weeks, killing at least six and forcing the provincial governor to resign over accusations of negligence.

Meteorologists expect the rainfall to continue into Friday across several parts of the country including the northern Alexandria governorate and the Sinai region to the east.

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