CAIRO: At least 29 people are believed to have suffered from heat exhaustion across Egypt Saturday amid a severe four-day heat wave, Health Ministry said in a statement Sunday.
Most of those who were hit by the heat exhaustion are from Upper Egypt’s governorates including Luxor, Aswan, Asyut and Souhag, according to the statement.
Saturday’s temperature reached 39 ᵒC (102 F) in Cairo and 45 ᵒC in the Upper Egypt governorates, spokesperson of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) Waheed Saudi told Youm7 Sunday.
The severe heat wave has caused a fire in a starch and glucose factory in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalyubia Saturday.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the fire, which claimed the lives of five people, occurred after a boiler at one of the silos inside the factory exploded due to a surge in temperature.