In photos: Morning fog halts traffic in Cairo, closes airspace at Borg El-Arab airport

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Dec 2017

Morning fog parallize traffic in Cairo (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

Heavy fog brought air and road transport to a halt in several locations across Egypt on Monday morning, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Borg El-Arab International Airport in Egypt's Alexandria closed its airspace due to a lack of visibility resulting from heavy fog. The airport's deputy director Khaled Abdel-Salam said that fog resulted in the delayed departure of three flights since 5 AM.

Meanwhile, Egypt's traffic authority closed several roads in Cairo and other cities due to morning fog, later opening them once the fog had lifted. During the road closures, huge traffic jams in Cairo forced people to leave their cars and walk, Al-Ahram reported.

Monday morning the traffic authority closed roads (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

The limited visibility led to the deaths of two people and the injury of 25 from two separate road accidents in Beheira governorate. Another person was injured in a car collision in Cairo.

The closed roads included the Mehwar and Shubra-Banha Roads in Cairo, the Cairo-Alexandria Road, as well as parts of the North Coast Road in Alexandria. However, they were all reopened within hours, once visibility had improved.

Monday morning the traffic authority closed roads (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

On Sunday, four people were killed and 39 others injured in a collision involving several cars on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road amid fog that started on Saturday.

Several road accidents were reported in Egypt on Saturday, including on the Autostrad in Cairo, as well as the International Coastal Highway in Kafr El-Sheikh, where 22 people were injured in a collision involving several vehicles.

Monday morning the traffic authority closed roads (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

Morning fog is common in Egypt during the winter months. The authorities have issued warnings of fog over the coming weeks, advising drivers to take care.

Deadly road crashes take place on a near daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

In 2015, the country saw 25,500 road fatalities, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500, according to a study published by the official statistics body CAPMAS in August 2016.

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