CAIRO: Egypt’s Meteorological Authority (EMA) warned of more monsoons in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, which has witnessed inclement weather Sunday, Spokesperson Waheed Seoudy said in Monday TV statements.
Alexandria has been hit with heavy rains since Saturday leaving pools of rain water accumulated in its streets. At least seven were killed Sunday of incidents related to weather.
The government was criticized for what social media users found as “poor” handling of the crisis.
Authorities have recently reported that they have contained the crisis and drained 95 percent of the water from streets.
In a phone call with Sout el-Nas TV Show on Mehwar TV Channel, Seoudy said that EMA warns official bodies about monsoons at least four days before it happens.
“The unstable weather will continue until Wednesday. The Sinai and Red Sea mountains areas are expected to see heavy rainstorms with low temperatures and active wind,” he added.
Rainfall is expected in Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, said Seoudy, adding that the ongoing active wind will hinder maritime navigation in both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. He noted that the winter season will begin in Egypt after two months.
EMA has urged citizens across Egypt to wear heavy clothes when they are outdoors early in the morning and during night hours.
Additional reporting by Marwa el-Ghoul