CAIRO: A total of 16 people died and four are missing as a result of heavy rain that has struck Beheira, according to a Friday statement by Beheira security directorate.
The majority of the victims drowned after rainwater accumulated in their homes while they were sleeping, and the rest were killed due to electric shocks that were also related to the severe rain in Egypt’s Delta.
Forty tons of fertilizers and that belong to an agricultural association sank in the rainwater, and tons of wheat seeds and other agricultural materials also sank in the storehouse of the Agricultural Extension.
Meanwhile, villagers at Nafra town in Beheira blocked the highway between Beheira and Kafr el-Sheikh on Friday, protesting the government’s “diligence” in dealing with the floods that led to major losses in farms and homes, Youm7 reported.
On Friday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail visited Beheira’s affected villages and also inspected irrigation stations that have stopped working due to high levels of rainfall.
He ordered that a new culvert under Mahmoudia channel, which extends from Beheira to Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea, operate, and increase siphons that pour water into operating culverts, according to Youm7.
He also gave instructions that the height of the walls of Edko sewage be increased, as well as other measures.