CAIRO: Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy presented a plan to protect South Sinai Governorate from floods and to revive tourism to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Tuesday, according to a Cabinet statement.
The plan includes suggestions of necessary measures to protect South Sinai from dangerous floods. The plan can be executed in four years with a total cost of 850 million EGP (U.S. $119 million).
Moghazy toured South Sinai earlier this week and made several decisions on the issue, including cleaning floodwater reservoirs after each flood in Dahab, a popular tourist site on the Red Sea.
He also praised citizens and authorities in Nuweiba for all the projects conducted since 2004 that have decreased the dangers of floods, including five dams, two reservoirs and one artificial lake.
During his tour, the minister checked damages in Taba, near the Israeli border, resulting from floods last winter. The flooding cost an estimated 400 million EGP. Moghazy also issued directions to clean culverts until the necessary studies to minimize flood losses are completed.
Many hotels in Taba suffered extensive damages following floods in May.
In related news, the ministry’s statement also said that among the framework of the ministry’s efforts to improve water resources which authorities hope will attract visitors to the country, Moghazy received Tuesday a report from the Egyptian General Authority for Shore Protection about protecting beaches across the country from erosion and corrosion.
The shore protection projects aim to create sustainable development and protect touristic investments. The total cost of these projects could reach nearly one billion EGP (U.S. $14 million). The projects are taking place in Alexandria, Arish and Port Said, in addition to Damietta’s port and other places in Kafr el-Sheikh and other governorates.
Head of the authority, Ahmed Ossama, said the current projects include protecting the coast of Alexandria with submerged barriers and protecting Matrouh coast and the Rashid Sea Wall in Kafr el-Sheikh and Beheira by cleaning the inlets of Rashid and Ashtoom.