Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 17: Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 33- health minister; Governorates brace for 2016 rain season
Heavy Rain Hits Beheira in 2015- YOUM7/ archive

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Governorates brace for 2016 rain season

Egypt’s Governorates braced for the rainy season, which is scheduled to begin during the next few months, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Several governors, in particularly the coastal provinces that are exposed to heavy rains, has submitted t their preparation plans to Minister of Local Development Ahmed Zaki Badr.

Dozens of people were killed due to waves of heavy floods sweeping into houses, particularly in Beheira governorate in the Nile Delta.


Ahram International Squash Championship kicks off Saturday

After ten years of hiatus, Al-Ahram International Squash Championship kicks off Saturday in the vicinity of Giza Pyramids, Youm7 reported.

The championship was organized by Al Ahram institution in cooperation with the Egyptian Squash Association.


Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 33: health minister

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 43, Assistant to Minister of Health and Population and the Chief Medical Mission of Hajj Ali Hegazi was quoted by Youm7 on Thursday.

All the cases died of natural causes, including heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension, he said.


EgyptAir start air bridge for return back of pilgrims Saturday

EgyptAir started its air bridge for returning the Egyptian pilgrims back home from the Saudi territories on Saturday on board of 21 flights, Youm7 reported.

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


4,530 tourists arrive in Sharm al-Sheikh, push hotel occupancy rate to 45%

Some 2,877 tourists of various nationalities arrived at Sharm al-Sheikh Airport Saturday aboard 45 international flights, while a total of 4,855 tourists have departed the airport, the head of South Sinai’s task force Essam Khedr told Youm7.

He added that the tourist turnout has pushed hotel occupancy rate to 54 percent in Sharm el Sheikh.


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