CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi made a surprise visit to Alexandria Sunday to inspect the efforts to repair damages caused by floods, ordering the upgrade of the city’s sewage system in 10 days under military supervision, Youm7 reported.
During the visit, the president announced the allocation of one billion EGP from the Long Live Egypt Fund to upgrade sewage grids. He also ordered compensations for farmers whose lands sank due to the rain.
He also visited a sewage treatment plant that serves the east and center of the Mediterranean city.
He had held a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Local Development Minister Ahmed Zaki Badr to discuss the impact of the floods in Alexandria and the Delta’s Beheira.
The top officials agreed to establish new culverts and expand sewage channels in the two cities.
A total of 22 people were killed in Beheira; 14 of whom drowned inside their homes after accumulated rainwater surrounded them, or were killed after their homes collapsed due to the rain. Eight were killed by electric shocks, also caused by the rain.
In Alexandria, five died after their homes collapsed and seven were killed by electric shocks after a tram power cable fell into a rain-flooded street.