Egypt's Red Sea on high alert of unstable weather starting Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 31 Oct 2020

The governorate’s Ras Gharib-Sheikh Fadl road was closed earlier on Saturday over heavy rainfall

File Photo: Clouds gather during heavy rain and a cold spell in Egypt (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Red Sea governorate announced high alert after meteorological authority’s warning on forecast rainfall and flooding in the governorate’s cities starting Sunday. 

Amr Hanafy, Red Sea’s governor, held a meeting with the relevant bodies to discuss the latest procedures and their state of readiness to face upcoming possible flooding within the area and to up maximum readiness over the weather forecast. 

He reviewed the general action plan against the floods, and a count of rain spillways in the governorate as well as other possible regions that will see rainfall starting Sunday. 

He said the governorate’s efforts in building dams and lakes would contribute heavily in preserving the Red Sea’s Hurghada along with other cities from flooding. 

He stressed full commitment to the placed plan, and readiness by local authorities to provide rescue vehicles and vacuum trucks to control the rainfall as well as a fast response to saving citizens’ lives when needed. 

The statements come as the governorate’s Ras Gharib-Sheikh Fadl road was closed earlier on Saturday due to heavy rainfall. 

In September, several roads connecting parts of the Egyptian Red Sea coast with Upper Egypt were closed after torrential rains hit the south of the Red Sea governorate, which is known for its mountainous terrain. The flooding caused some damage but no deaths were reported. 

Egypt has been upping measures against possible bad weather since a widespread in flooding took place in Cairo earlier this year caused by two days of heavy rain across Egypt and killing at least 20 people. 

The wave of unstable weather, that had taken place in March of this year, has been described as “exceptional and unprecedented,” with the country not experiencing similar conditions in 40 years.

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