CAIRO: Fatalities of floods in the Delta’s Beheira have reached 24, head of Beheira investigations department Ashraf Abdel Qader told Youm7 Sunday.
The death toll rose after the Civil Protection department recovered more bodies from under the water at Ofouna village, reportedly the most affected village.
A total of 35 citizens were injured in the damages caused by rainfall and floods, Abdel Qader said.
Eight of the victims died from electric shocks, also caused by the rainwater, and the rest drowned in their homes after they were flooded while they were sleeping.
Some 400 schools were shut down Sunday because water covered such a height of their walls that a school day cannot take place.
Swathes of farmland were also damaged by the heavy showers; President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi promised compensation to the owners in a Sunday visit to Alexandria, which was also badly affected by the rain.
On Friday, Prime Minster Sherif Ismail visited the governorate to inspect the scale of the damage.
He ordered that a new culvert under the 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.