Min of Irrigation to renovate dams, bridges damaged by floods
Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib - YOUM7/Ahmed Maarouf

CAIRO:  The Ministry of Irrigation is renovating dams and bridges damaged during recent floods, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Irrigation Khaled Latif Thursday.

Latif told The Cairo Post that the floods had caused a “huge problem” blocking the canals used for irrigation and agriculture.

Egypt has experienced heavy rains and floods over the last week; over a dozen have been reported killed, and much of the country’s crops have been damaged.

Irrigation Minister Abdel Muttalib said Wednesday in a phone call with CBC TV Channel that 60 million cubic meters of water had been added to the Nile River.

A Tuesday report by the Ministry of Agriculture said the rains had flooded 2,185 acres in Asyut, and 200 in Qena.

Floods have “ruined” 3,000 acres of land Asyut, Qena, Sohag, Luxor and Aswan, according to Nader Nour el-Din, a Professor at Faculty of Agriculture at Cairo University, and former advisor to the Minister of Supply in 2005.

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