Egypt cabinet discusses plan to face unstable weather later this week

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Apr 2018

New Cairo Rain
The impact of last week's heavy rain in one of New Cairo's streets (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail headed a cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the government’s plan to prepare for a wave of unstable weather, including heavy rains, expected to hit the country on Monday and Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of irrigation and local development, as well as the head of Egypt's Metrological Authority, who presented a comprehensive report on the weather forecast for the country over the next few days.

The prime minister has instructed the heads of all governorates to stay on maximum alert and react rapidly to any emergency situation caused by the expected rain fall.

After heavy rains and flooding hit Cairo last week, many people complained that municipal officials and emergency departments failed to provide them with adequate assistance. 

On Saturday, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA), which is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations in state bodies, suspended a number of New Cairo officials for failing to properly handle situation following the heavy rains. 

Last Thursday, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he "completely understands the suffering that was felt by some Egyptians as a result of the rains that fell in an unexpected and unusual way over the past two days,” the president said in a post on his official Facebook page.

Over the next few days, high temperatures, dust and rain are expected across Egypt, Egyptian Meteorological Authority head Ahmed Abdel-Aal told Ahram Online on Saturday.

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