CAIRO: A family demanded Beheira governor sent to trial over the death of its son due to an electric shock in floods hitting the governorate over the past few days.
In a video circulated on social media, Mahmoud Ehab, a young boy, appeared floating face down after he was shocked by a light pole in a street inundated with rainwater. Passersby used chairs and poles to pull him out of the water and try to revive him. The video was posted Friday by Mostafa Ibrahim’s Youtube Channel.
WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised. Video of crowd retrieving body of boy electrocuted in flood
In a Saturday phone call with the Dream TV Channel, Ehab’s mother called on President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “avenge her son’s death” on the officials, on top of them, the governor Mohamed Sultan, and officials at Sewage and electricity departments in the governorate.
The mother accused the officials of “gross negligence” that led to her son’s death. She denounced Sultan’s denial that the area, in which her son died, did not have light poles.
Sultan commented, in statements to Dream TV, that Ehab was shocked by power cables of shops and not by light poles. He said that he “bears responsibility” for his death and that the governorate is carrying out investigations into the accident.
He noted that Ehab’s death occurred “before cutting the power to the poles.”
Some 22 deaths were reported in the Beheira due to weather-related accidents, at least nine of them due to electric shocks.
The coastal governorate is among the cities highly affected by a wave of bad weather accompanied by continuous heavy showers hitting the country. Most of the main streets are flooded by water, since the governorate’s sewage system is not prepared to accommodate these pools of water.
Alexandria has seen a similar wave twice, recording casualties and leading for the resignation of the governor. The government’s failure in handling the crisis has been admitted by the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.
Social media users have criticized poor crisis management of the floods hitting many governorates, despite prior warnings by the Meteorological Authority.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who paid a visit Sunday to Alexandria, ordered that the efficiency of drainage network to be raised within 10 days under military supervision, according to a presidency statement.
The affected governorates announced last Thursday as vacation for students because schools “were not ready” to cope up with the crisis. Study at some 400 schools in Beheira governorate has been halted after water swept into schools and flooded classrooms.
Additional reporting by Gamal Abu el-Fadl, Mohamed el-Galy and Abdullah Mahmoud.