CAIRO: The Cabinet has allocated 28 million EGP ($3.5 million) to boost efforts to combat prevent flooding in the El-Wadi el-Gadid governorate located in southwest of Egypt, said Governor Mamoud Ashmawy Wednesday.
The money will be used to purchase water-sweeping vehicles, loaders and trucks equipped to pump the water off the streets, as well as relief and rescue tools for rapid intervention, Ashmawy told Youm7.
Ashmawy noted that the governorate has formed an operation room tasked with writing daily reports on weather and forecast, and to follow up on the drainage system in anticipation of any rainfalls or storms.
A wave of heavy rains hit the country in October, causing severe damages to several governorates leaving most streets flooded with rainwater. The Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the coastal governorate of Beheira are among the most affected areas with the floods; both places saw casualties as result to weather-related accidents.
In some parts, accumulated water swept into homes and killed residents while asleep; other died from electric shocks due to floods.
The crisis embarrassed the government, which subsequently acknowledged “failure” to tackle it in prior despite warnings by official forecast authority. The cabinet announced plans to combat expected floods during winter season, fix sewage system and compensate harmed families.
Beheira governorate and Orman charity foundation have built 27 new homes for residents whose houses were damaged by the rain, Youm7 reported in Nov.28.
Additional reporting by Maher Abu el-Nour from El-Wadi el-Gadid