Floods drown tourist cities, close highways in Red Sea
Floods drown Roads - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: After days of high temperature, cold and stormy weather returned and hit the costal zones in Egypt on Thursday.

According to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, officials in the Crisis Management warned citizens, the governorate officials, and the City Protection Agency on May 6 to take all the precautions for the predictable flood on Wednesday and Thursday.

Official sources told Youm7 that Thursday morning, the floods drowned many areas in the Red Sea governorate, especially in Al-Arbeen and Ataqa neighborhoods. Official said the City’s Protection Agency went to the streets, the affected areas, and a drowned tourist Village in Al-Sokhna with pumping vehicles to suck out the water.

The floods at the Red Sea caused a breakdown in two power stations which lead to an electricity black out in many areas.

In South Sinai, the bad weather overran the cities of Ras Sedr, Abu Zenema, and Abu Redees with heavy rains that continued for five hours.

Head of Emergency operations center in South Sinai Adel Kassab warned in a statement the travelers of the bad weather and citizens from walking in the streets.

Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter witnessed plenty of warning posts of the floods. Mostafa Mohie wrote on his Facebook account with the hashtag #Floods, “Whoever needs to travel to Sinai or the Red Sea governorate, better to delay their trip these days. The weather there is so bad and floods drowned some tourist villages.” Taha Mohamed wrote, “Sinai turned into Europe, we have floods and thunder[storms].”

Authorities started to reopen the roads after closing it on Red Sea-Qena Highway because of the floods.

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  1. Ton Bakker
    May 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    WITHIN 2 MONTHS, probably not even restored the damage, again flooding.Hope no casualties, and help is arriving soon.

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