CAIRO: Violent wind, rain and snow storms across Egypt Thursday have caused flooding, agricultural and structural damage.
The storms deposited 10 centimeters of snow in parts of the Sinai, with the heaviest snowfall in Bir al-Abd. The accompanying wind storm destroyed several huts and trees and harmed watermelon and cantaloupe farms there.
In Arish in North Sinai, the city council may attempt to drain water that filled some streets Wednesday evening, and where it continued raining into parts of Thursday.
A flood in Ain Al-Sokhna on the Red Sea washed away cars and partially destroyed several houses. People in Ain Al-Sokhna saw furniture floating on the streets according to the Facebook account of activist Mona Seif, who was in Ain Al-Sokhna at the time of the storm. She said the area needed intervention and help from professionals. Seif said she did not see any official rescue efforts but saw residents, Bedouins and workers trying to remove the aftermath of the flood.
Aswan in Upper Egypt also experienced a rough sand storm accompanied by rain on Thursday. The storm partially destroyed the ceiling of the Crocodile Mummy Museum, destroyed four houses and sunk a boat, Aswat Masriya reported.
Aswan Governor Mostafa Yousry said that rescue personnel managed to save eight people, five of whom were foreigners, after their Nile sailboat sank. A female South African tourist is still missing and efforts to rescue her are ongoing.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.