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Egypt’s bad weather death toll rises to 13
At least 13 people were killed and other 50 injured nationwide due to wave of bad weather that hit Egypt Thursday, The Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDCS) announced Friday.
A bus and three trucks overturned due to torrential rains on Sohag-Qena desert road Friday morning leaving six dead and 24 others injured, according to the IDCS. Seven people were killed and 26 others injured in several weather related road accidents in the Red Sea governorate.
All roads leading to flooded areas have been closed as a precautionary measurement, the IDCS said, adding it has formed an operation room to follow up with weather conditions and that closed roads will reopen once weather improves.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has made phone calls with governors of Sohag, Qena, Asyut and Red Sea to follow up the latest developments and stand on measures taken to deal with floods that hit those governorates, according to Youm7.
Head of the National Air Navigation Services Company (NANSC) Ehab Mohy el Din said the aviation movement is regular in all Egypt’s airports despite bad weather.
Egypt’s meteorological authority announced that there would be heavy rains, possibly floods and thunderstorms this week in Sinai, the Red Sea governorate and in Upper Egypt.
The bad weather, with sandstorms in places reducing visibility to zero, led authorities to close down roads near Suez governorate on Thursday to prevent accidents.
Egypt wins U-17 World Speedball Championship
Egypt has won the U-17 World Speedball Championship that concluded in Tunisia Friday, the Egyptian team coach Ali Gomaa was quoted by Youm7.
The Egyptian team snatched the world championship golden medal in all events of Speedball: Solo, Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Relay, Gomaa said.
Over 120 athletes representing 18 countries have participated in the championship, which was held in Tunisia October 26-28.
Egypt’s 2nd Date Palm Festival kicks off in Siwa Oasis
The second festival for Egyptian dates kicked off Thursday in Siwa Oasis of Matrouh governorate,
Industry Minister Tarek Qabil said the festival, which gathers date producers from the private and public sectors, aims to shed light on the development of palm cultivation and to encourage the production, manufacturing and exporting of dates.
He added that Egypt has topped the list of world countries in dates’ production by a percentage of 18 percent of the global production.
The annual event is organized by the Egyptian Industry Ministry in collaboration with the Khalifa International Date Palm Award of the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO.)
During the past festival, Khalifa international award for palm date offered 10 awards worth 20,000 EGP for the winners in the categories of a contest which was held on the sidelines of the festival.
Luxor gears up for UNWTO 104th executive council meetings
Security forces have reinforced their presence in Egypt’s key tourist destinations of Luxor ahead of the 104th session of the World Tourism Organization Executive Council, which will be held in the period from 30 to 31 October 2016, Youm7 reported.
Luxor security chief Esam al Hamaly on Friday paid inspection visits to checkpoints scattered along the city’s Cornish and hotels accommodating delegations participating in the event.
The city is also hosting the fifth UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, attended by representatives and participants from many different countries all over the world.
Under the scheme ”Cities: Local Culture for Global Travelers,” the summit will investigate city tourism trends and debate sustainable development, spatial organization and rejuvenation, innovation in city tourism, cross-cultural behavior and new business models, the UNWTO announced in a statement on Thursday.
During the two-day summit, the UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative, which is part of the action plan of the UNWTO City Tourism Network, which aims to gather mayors and decision makers in cities experiencing tourism issues, who will discuss and share best practices in managing the challenges and opportunities that tourism presents to local administrations.
8 drowned, 34 injured due to floods hitting in Upper Egypt
A total of eight people were killed in multiple vehicle accidents due to floods that hit Upper Egypt’s governorate of Qena early on Friday, Youm7 reported.
Two buses and a truck flipped over in flood water on Sohag-Red Sea Road, leaving eight drowned, and 34 were recovered from the water and sent to hospital.
Ministry automates health care system at 1K hospitals across Egypt
Ministry of Health has announced the automation of health care system at more than 1,000 hospitals across Egypt, Youm7 reported.
Emad Kazem, head of specialized medical councils at the ministry, said that the automation of the treatment services will facilitate procedures of providing patient with necessary health care at state expenses.
Egypt’s women’s national volleball team arrives in Cairo after qualifying for World Cup tournament
A mission of the Egyptian National Volleyball team for women have arrived at Cairo International Airport coming from Kenya after winning the African Championship, Youm7 reported.
The players, under the age of 23 years, managed to qualify for the World Cup Tournament; they arrived at the airport wearing the gold medals.
Cairo might see low rains Friday, sees highs of 28°C
Official forecasters expected low rain to be witnessed on the northern coasts, Lower Egypt and Cairo Friday.
Rains are expected to be heavy on Red Sea mountains and in Sinai, while the temperature will be remain high in Upper Egypt’s cities.
Cairo will see temperature of 28 °C as highs and lows of 21 °C.
32 tons of rice, 10K litres of diesel withheld from markets, seized in Kafr el-Sheikh
Supply police have seized 32 tons of rice and 10,000 litres of diesel hidden by a farmer and a trader in Delta’s governorate of Kafr el-Sheikh, Youm7 reported.
The seized amounts of products were withheld from the local market amid a current lack of subsidized basic items and unprecedented prices hike due to dollar crisis.
The government has launched a heightened crackdown on traders who are selling items for higher prices or blocking them from consumers.