25 killed in Beheira floods
Heavy rain hits Beheira

CAIRO: The death toll in the coastal governorate of Beheira, due to a wave of heavy floods sweeping into houses, rose to 25 after a child drowned in a drain, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Due to the continuous rainfall, water accumulated in the streets causing sewage levels to rise.

Ofouna village was reported as the most affected village in the governorate.

Eight of the victims died of electric shock, caused by the rainwater, while others drowned in their houses 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 Minister Sherif Ismail 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.

 Additional reporting by Gamal Abu el-Fadl and Nasser Gouda

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