Volunteers with 4×4 vehicles offer help to drivers with stranded cars in New Cairo

Mohamed Soliman , Thursday 12 Mar 2020

The country is experiencing 'unprecedented heavy rainfall' and the cabinet has asked citizens to remain home

The volunteers have rescued over 50 vehicles (Photo: Rescue Squad)

A group of volunteers with 4×4 vehicles are roaming the streets of the residential suburb of New Cairo on Thursday to lend a helping hand to people and vehicles stuck on the streets, as heavy rain since the wee hours of the morning inundated large swathes of the country.

Videos and photos circulated online of Thursday's unstable weather rendering some cars submerged in rainwater in parts of New Cairo.

The Rescue Squad has until the late afternoon came to the aid of over 50 vehicles, Amr Mansour, one of the five members of the team, told Ahram Online.

Mahmoud Osama, another volunteer, said the situation is "more critical than online photos and videos show."

He said streets need more vacuum trucks to drain the rainwater and help smooth the movement of vehicles.

The group posted their phone numbers and locations on Facebook, offering free assistance after meteorologists warned of severally unstable weather and heavy rainfall that is expected to continue into next week.

The volunteers listed some tips for New Cairo residents, such as avoiding parking under trees, billboards, and light posts, in addition to removing cars from garages.

They called upon residents who own 4×4 cars and are able to help to coordinate with them to cover as many streets as possible.

Torrential rains flooded various parts in Egypt, accompanied by frequent thunders and lightening, while thick fog blanketed Cairo and other governorates' sky since the morning obstructing visibility.

The bad weather has left at least two people killed, delayed flights and forced the closure of major highways and parts of the first line of Cairo’s metro. 

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