CAIRO: The Mediterranean city of Alexandria has announced a state of emergency after being hit by another wave of heavy showers since last night, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
A power cut was reported in East Alexandria area due to thunder rains that began since late hours of Tuesday and continued on Wednesday.
Many streets have been reportedly flooded with rain water, prompting Sewage Company in Alexandria to deploy 14 pumping vehicles to drain the water.
Levels of accumulated rainwater increased in main streets in Alexandria cornich road, Abu Qer St. and Gamal Abdel Nasser St, causing traffic movement halt. Rooftops of residential buildings were flooded with rainwater.
Twitter users created a hashtag #Alexandria_sinking (#اسكندرية_بتغرق) where they shared pictures from their neighborhoods showing pools of rainwater filling the streets, with fears a last week flooding crisis might happen again.
This wave is the second of its kind to hit Alexandria in two weeks. On Saturday, pools of rainwater filled Alexandria streets causing weather-related deaths of at least five people. A new Alexandria governor took over the position after Hani el-Messeri submitted his resignation following the crisis.
The crisis has brought the government under harsh criticism by social media users over “poor” handling of the flooding.
The Meteorological Authority warned of “unstable weather” hitting the city until Friday. Cairo is also seeing a drop in temperature starting from Wednesday.