Alexandria sewage officials involved in flooding crisis
Heavy rains in Alex

CAIRO: A number of officials at the Drainage Authority in Alexandria were accused of negligence in the flooding crisis that hit the Mediterranean city weeks ago, by importing seven “bad” water pumps in 2013, Youm7 reported.

A wave of heavy rains struck Alexandria, leading to pools of accumulated rain waters in the streets. A probe into the crisis, which caused at least five deaths, has been underway with officials from the drinking water and sewage department.

The officials have imported pumps for 30 million EGP that did not meet the stations’ specifications, according to police investigations as quoted from Youm7.

They face charges of “wasting public money and importing bad pumps.”

On Nov. 8, President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi visited Alexandria and ordered that the efficiency of a drainage network be raised within 10 days under military supervision.

The “failure” of the government to handle the floods was admitted by the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. The Alexandria governor resigned in the aftermath of the crisis.

Additional reporting by Hanaa Abu el-Ezz

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