Flooding continues in Egypt's Beheira

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Nov 2015

Beheira's governor closed 68 schools on Monday due to heavy rainfall witnessed in four cities in the governorate

A Beheira village after the heavy rains (Photo:Ahram Arabic website)

Rainfall is expected to continue until the end of this week in Egypt’s Beheira, head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) Ahmed Abdel-Aal told Ahram Online.

"Rains are expected to continue at least till the end of this week," Abdel-Aal said.

Beheira governor Mohamed Soltan declared Monday off for 68 schools due to heavy rainfall witnessed in four cities in the governorate, MENA state news agency reported.

From Wednesday until Saturday, all 3,000 schools in the governorate were closed due to the floods caused by the heavy rains.

Meanwhile, a committee from Egypt's agriculture ministry is expected to gauge the level of damage to areas of land affected by the flooding, which struck cities including Damanhour, Edkou and Kafr El Dawar, Al-Ahram reporter Yasser Zidan reports.

The committee report will then be submitted to the government, which will be compensating landlords with LE2,000 for each damaged acre.

Several army water-sucking trucks are currently removing waters from flooded streets in Beheira.

Egypt's inclement weather left at least 12 dead on Wednesday; 11 in three villages in Beheira and one in Alexandria.

Rain left homes flooded and traffic disrupted in northern parts of the country for a second time in less than a fortnight.

Eight of the Beheira victims died in Wadi El-Natroun City's Afoun, two in Abou Homos and one in El-Rahmania, according to Ahram Online's correspondent. 

Three of the victims died after being electrocuted by light poles, which was the same way several people were killed in Alexandria last month when it was flooded.

Last week, Abdel-Aal told Ahram Online that levels of flooding in different cities had unprecedentedly increased.

On Sunday, the presidency announced that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will allocate LE1 billion from the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) fund for the development of the sewage system in Alexandria and Beheira in northern Egypt. 

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