CAIRO: The roof of the Crocodile Mummy Museum in Kom Ombo, 45 kilometers north of Aswan, partially collapsed Wednesday following an unprecedented, severe sandstorm.
Ibrahim Asfour, curator of the museum, told The Cairo Post that the collapsed ceiling damaged two glass display cases, but didn’t damage any of the mummified crocodiles or artifacts inside.
“The museum and the adjacent temple of Kom Ombo were closed when four tiles of the suspended ceiling fell, but the museum guards heard the crash and immediately informed the museum manager,” Asfour said.
He also said the two display cases were repaired Thursday and the museum was opened for the public again Friday.
The Crocodile Mummy Museum opened in 2010 to house several mummified crocodiles that were found inside the shrine of the adjacent Temple of Kom Ombo.
The temple was built during the Greco-Roman period (330 B.C.-390 A.D.,) Moataz Al Sayed, head of the Egyptian Tourist Guides Syndicate, told The Cairo Post.
“The temple is dedicated to two ancient Egyptian deities: Sobek, the crocodile-headed god of fertility and military prowess, and Horus, the falcon-headed god of protection according to ancient Egyptian mythology,” Sayed said.
Severe weather has affected several Egyptian governorates this week, including Sinai and cities on the Red Sea that were struck with rainstorms and floods Wednesday.
Also in Aswan, a tourist sailboat sank, leaving one South African tourist dead. Eight other people, including the boat crew, were rescued.
According to Egypt’s Meteorological Authority, the unstable weather conditions will end Saturday.