CAIRO: The spokesperson of the Holding Company for Water and Waste Water Mohie al-Sairafy said Friday that five water stations in Asyut stopped because of turbid water that reached the Nile in the governorate.
Sairafy told Youm7 that the stations, that have openings in the Nile, stopped because the amount of mud in the water exceeded the rate that can be compensated by adding chlorine to the water.
He added that additional water was preserved in water storages in Asyut to avoid water cuts. He said that cars full of water would be sent to areas where water is unavailable or weak. Artesian wells stations in downtown Asyut will continue to operate.
Sairafy said that the Minya Water Company is analyzing the water every half hour instead of every two hours to know when the turbid water will reach Minya.
The governor’s advisor for water affairs Mohamed Salah said that the turbid water caused by floods in Sohag reached Asyut Friday morning.
Fishing movement stopped completely because the turbid water caused fish to disappear from the places fishermen work, said Mahmoud Nafie, head of the board of directors of the Sohag department of the holding company.
Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ayman Abu Hadid ordered the ministry’s employees in Upper Egypt to take track of losses due to floods, which up to now reached 1900 acres of wheat and 275 acres of clover in Asyut plus 200 acres of wheat and 30 acres of clover in Qena. The floods cut the Cairo-Qena road.
After his return from Uganda on Monday, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdul Muttalib closely followed the situation of rain and floods in Upper Egypt and Sinai.
The minister announced the state of emergency in the sectors responsible for dealing with the flood situation. He also canceled the vacations of workers and engineers in the areas to observe the floods in cooperation with weather observatories.
The past days Egypt faced though weather condition as heavy rain plunged parts of the country. Mud flows resulting from the rain brought a lot of sand and dirt into the river Nile, affecting water supplies.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Hassan and Mahmoud Makbul.