CAIRO: Floods caused by storms in South Sinai killed a 5-year-old and injured seven others, Youm7 reported Friday.
The floods destroyed a number of roads and swept away shacks in Nuweiba and Taba, the most affected areas in the governorate.
There are reports that communication has been cut off in South Sinai, and the Red Sea governorate called on citizens to limit water use due to floods shutting down a local water plant.
Sources told Youm7 that 15 ambulances were sent to affected areas and that the Air Rescue Authority was notified to search for missing people.
The weather did not affect ship movement in the Suez Canal according to el-Balad news website Thursday.
Major General Adel Kasab, a spokesperson for the South Sinai governorate, said Friday that flood waters had closed off hotels, preventing workers and guests from leaving.
The violent weather wasn’t limited to just the Northeast of the country. Mostafa Yousry, the governor of Aswan in Upper Egypt, announced Thursday that sand storms caused at least four houses to collapse in addition to destroying palm trees in the governorate, according to various reports.
Al-Bawabh News reported Thursday that the Crocodile Mummy Museum in Kom Ombo in Aswan was closed so workers could repair damage to its roof caused by the storms, according to Nasr Salama, the head of the governorate’s antiquities department. He added that there was no damage to the mummies or other antiquities in the museum.