CAIRO: The Alexandria governorate has declared Thursday an off day at schools and governmental institutions after continuous rainfall, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Most main streets in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria have been flooded by rainwater for the second time in two weeks. The city has witnessed thunder rains since Tuesday night and continued on Wednesday.
Five districts in Alexandria reportedly sank in rainwater after the main sewage station broke down. Levels of water increased in the streets to cover cars and trees.
At least 14 pumping vehicles have been deployed to drain water from the streets.
A similar crisis took place on Saturday is believed to have pushed the governor out of his post last week. The government has admitted its “failure” in handling the crisis and promised to intensify measures amid renewed meteorological warnings of heavy showers and monsoons.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced Wednesday that governors would consider either Wednesday or Thursday as vacation due to unstable weather.
Beheira is also among affected governorates with the weather. A total of six people reportedly died after accumulated rain water flooded their homes while they were asleep. Three others died of an electric shock.