CAIRO: Thirteen people died and 25 others have been injured in Nile Delta’s Beheira governorate due to heavy rainfall hit Egypt’s northern cities since Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
Ten of the dead people drowned after accumulated rainwater entered into their homes while they were sleeping at al-Oufona viallge of Wadi al-Natroun in Beheira, while other three victims died of electronic shocks.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, who visited the village, ordered the evacuation of all residents of al-Oufona village.
The government will pay a total of 10,000 EGP to each victim’s relatives as compensation and 100 EGP for each displaced person daily.
Military forces in cooperation with the police personnel and civil protection forces rescued more than 120 persons who were standing on the roofs of their houses escaping the flooding water. A total of 80 houses haven been inundated.
Beheira governor Mohamed Sultan announced Thursday an off-day for all schools and governmental institutions except for employees in sectors of water and sanitation, cleaning and electricity due to the emergency state announced in the governorate.
Since late Tuesday, northern parts of Egypt have been caught in heavy showers; Alexandria is one of the most stricken governorates.
With heavy rainwater, five districts in Alexandria reportedly were flooded after the main sewage station broke down. Levels of water increased in the streets to cover cars and trees.
Egypt’s Meteorological Authority (EMA) warned all governorates Monday about a fierce wave of weather expected to sweep nationwide Tuesday to Friday; the coastal cities announced state of emergency.
Mediterranean cities of Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh and South and North Sinai will witness heavy rainwater that could become torrents, EMA spokesperson Waheed Saeed told ON T.V. Monday. It is expected that Upper Egypt governorates could see rains, he added.
North Sinai also announced Thursday an off-day in the schools over the whole governorates due to the heavy waterfalls.