CAIRO: Many hotels in Taba have suffered high damages following floods last week, the Ministry of Tourism reported Saturday.
The Taba Heights Golf Resorts’ losses were estimated at 200 million EGP ($28 million) by the owning company, after water flooded its landscape and golf courts, Youm 7 reported.
At the Miramar Taba Heights hotel, 144 out of 426 rooms were destroyed after the first floor flooded. The guests from 130 rooms in the Marriott Taba hotel were transferred to the Sofitel, and 170 rooms were closed at the Intercontinental Taba Heights Hotel, Youm 7 reported.
Thirty kilometers of roads were flooded, causing an electrical outage, and making travel on the highway between Taba and Nuweiba impossible.
It was reported that road obstruction prevented ambulances and rescue from reaching the hotels, and several workers were injured or went missing as parts of building collapsed. On May 10, el-Badil news website reported the death of two people, including a 10-year-old child.
Sami Suleiman, head of the Taba-Nuweiba Investors Association called on insurance companies to pay the hotels to reduce their losses, estimating a total loss of at least 1 billion EGP, adding that hotels have been losing in general during the past three years to the political instability in the country, he said in press statements.
Mohamed el-Sayed, CEO of the Canal-Sinai Electricity Company said losses reached 2.5 million EGP following the destruction of nearly 40 high pressure towers, Al-Masry al-Youm reported on May 15.
Citizens shared numerous photos of drowning cars and houses in Red Sea governorate and Sinai touristic cities. Cities like Hurghada, Taba and Ain Sukhna went under.
Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad.