Pumping vehicles deployed to remove rainwater in Giza, Cairo
Pumping vehicles

CAIRO: Pumping vehicles were deployed to remove accumulated rainwater in Cairo and Giza after streets were showered by heavy rainfall Sunday, Youm7 reported.

An emergency room was formed at Giza governorate headquarters to receive complaints on accumulated water, while 44 vehicles were sent to districts, streets and tunnels, Ayman Atrees, the head of the Field follow-up department in Giza governorate, told Youm7.

Sunday saw unstable weather with sandstorms covering the sky during the day, with heavy rains at night accompanied with lightning and thunder.

The official forecast authority warned that the coming days will see continuous rainfall and a drop in temperature, after a spell of warm weather across the country over the past weeks. On Friday, Cairo recorded 32 degrees Celsius.

The country was hit by a wave of floods in November 2015 causing damages and leaving casualties; the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Delta’s Beheira were among the highly affected cities, where water swept into houses.

The government has been blamed for lack of preparation in dealing with the rain crisis, which has forced the governor of Alexandria out of his office.

Following the crisis, the government announced a campaign to renew sewage systems across the country upon orders by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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