CAIRO: A total of 57 people were injured Wednesday in several fires caused by the searing heat wave that swept large parts of the country during the past two days, Health Minister Spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghafar said in a statement.
Fifteen fires broke out Wednesday in several governorates including Cairo, Sharqia, Damietta, Menoufia, Dakahlia, Gharbia, and Asyut, due to the high temperatures that reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 F), according to the statement.
The fires caused damages to a number of factories, cars, and trees nationwide. In Egypt’s Delta governorate of Beheira, 33 fires broke out in farms and grains stores. No injuries have been reported.
“The wave hit Egypt Sunday and reached its highest level Wednesday,” according to the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) that warned people to stay off the heat. The heat wave is expected to relent with a gradual 10-degree drop in temperature on Friday.
The abrupt heat wave apparently ended the insect winter ecology earlier than expected. Health Ministry officials said that hospitals across the country have received 43 people with swellings caused by bug bites.
Air traffic in Cairo and Borg al-Arab International Airport has been suspended for few hours on Wednesday due to a sandstorm which caused three flights, coming from Jeddah and Sharja, to change their routes, Chairperson of the National Navigation Service Company Ihab Mohey told Youm7.
Meanwhile, Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior was on alert in anticipation of any road accidents, warning the drivers to be careful on the highways. More troops deployed on the roads to facilitate the traffic movement.