Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 15: 1,911 Egyptian pilgrims return back home Wednesday; Egypt braces for swarms of locusts
Muslim pilgrims shave their heads after they cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, during the annual Haj pilgrimage on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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1,911 Egyptian pilgrims return back home Wednesday

A total of 1,911 Egyptian pilgrims returned back home Wednesday evening on board of 14 flights coming from Saudi Arabia after performing pilgrimage ritual, Youm7 reported officials at the Cairo International Airport.

It is scheduled that a total of 75,000 pilgrims will return home from Madina, starting on Saturday after the end of 2016 Pilgrimage season on Thursday.


Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 33: health minister

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 35, Executive Chairperson of the Egyptian Hajj Mission Sayed Maher was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.

All the cases died of natural causes, including heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension, he said, adding that their ages ranged from 57 to 86.

Some Egyptian pilgrims start to leave Mina for Mecca on Wednesday morning after having finished the stoning of the Devil rituals. Egyptair announced an airlift to ferry pilgrims back will start on Saturday.


80% of construction works of Siemens power plant in Egypt completed

Eighty percent of construction works of an electricity power plant, which has been built by Siemens, in Ghayadah city iof Sharqia governoarte has completed, Youm7 reported Beni Suif governor Sherif Habib Thursday.

Power generation units, which include steam and gas turbines and boilers, have been built; it is scheduled that the plant will operate in December with a capacity of 2,400 megawatt.

The power plant is one of three in an eight billion Euro contract Egypt signed with Siemens in June 2015 will add 16.4 gigawatts of capacity to the country’s grid and expected to increase its power generation capacity by 50 per cent.


Egypt braces for swarms of locusts  

The Central Administration of Pest Control at the Ministry of Agriculture has formed four committees to follow and take all cautious procedures against swarms of the desert locusts along with Egypt’s western and southern borders, Youm7 reported the Administration chairperson Ashraf Abdel-Razeq Thursday.

The Swarms of locusts are usually be active in the period of time between January and April, Abdel-Razeq added, noting that the Egypt has already a total 45 units for locusts combating.


90 Volvo buses operate after Eid Al Adha holidays

A total of 90 Volvo buses will come into operation following Eid Al Adha holidays nationwide, said Chairperson of the Egyptian Public Transport Authority Rezq Abu-Ali in media remarks on Thursday.

The ministry has contracted with the Swedish company to buy a total of 150 buses, Abu-Ali adde, noting that the other 60 buses already on operation.

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