Egypt’s local news digest July 22: Huge fire erupts at paints factory in Giza; new governor reshuffle to be annoucned Friday
(Archived photo) A huge fire erupted at a Cairo hotel and extended to four other buildings in El-Roweay district, in Ataba, leaving dozens injured. Photo by Hassan Mohamed / Youm7

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Huge fire erupts at paints factory in Giza

A massive fire erupted at a paints factory in an industrial zone in 6 of October district in Giza; at least 20 fire engines were dispatched to put out the blaze.

Youm7 reported that the fire was extinguished and that the engines are carrying out the cooling phase after they prevent fire extension to nearby factories. The first floor of the three-storey factory reportedly collapsed due to the fire.

No casualties have been reported thus far as a result of the blaze.

Further details to follow.


Hep C waiting list to end by July 28: Health Minister

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din announced that Hepatitis C patient waiting lists will end, and a survey will ensue to determine the number of people infected with the virus.

The minister said, in TV statements, that around 550,000 Hep C patients have been cured on state expenses or through health insurance program with a total cost of 2.5 billion EGP.

Last year, Egypt has partially halted importing U.S. Hepatitis C medicines, which has been in full swing since 2014, and started manufacturing a local version of the drugs.

Officials said that the domestically-produced medicine regimen that has been adopted by the ministry has been meeting demand in markets.


PM to announced new governor reshuffle Friday

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is expected to announce within hours a new governor reshuffle that has been approved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to Al-Ahram news website.

Anonymous sources told Al-Ahram that governors of Alexandria, Suez, Fayoum and Cairo will be changed. Weak performance of the governors, their inability to cope in with emergency situations and citizens’ complaints are among the reasons for the reshuffle.


This year’s Nile flooding on Ethiopian plateau better than last year: report

A report by the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation quoted the Sudanese Ministries of Water and Electricity as saying that Nile flooding on the Ethiopian plateau this year is “above average” and better than the last year’s flood, which did not exceed 20 billion cubic meters, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.


Plan to tackle garbage crisis in Giza discussed Thursday

Minister of Environment and Giza governor met Thursday to discuss a plan on dealing with garbage crisis in the governorate with the presence of the head of the waste management agency, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm news website.


Hot, humid weather to continue on Friday, Cairo sees 35°C

Meteorologists are predicting a continuation of the week’s hot weather on Friday, with top temperatures reaching 35 degrees centigrade in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

Cooler but humid weather is expected along the northern coast, with highs of 31 degrees centigrade for Alexandria. However, the weather will feel hotter in Upper Egypt governorates, with highs of 41 degrees centigrade in Luxor and 42 in Aswan.

The Mediterranean Sea is expected to see a northeasterly surface wind, with waves of between 1.5 to 2 meters.

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