UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 29: Egypt allocates 50m EGP compensation for families of heavy rain victims
Construction workers with heads covered during heavy rains that hit Upper Egypt's governorate of Asyut. Youm7


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Egypt allocates 50m EGP compensation for families of heavy rain victims

President Abdel Fatah el Sisi directed the government to allocate 50 million EGP (about $5.5m) for compensating families of those killed and injured in the heavy rains hit Egypt during the past two days, Youm7 reported.

The president also ordered the allocation of other 50 million EGP for repairing infrastructure at governorates hit by the bad weather wave, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced Saturday during inspection visit to areas hit by torrential rains in the Red Sea governorate city of Ras Gharib.

At least 18 people were killed and 72 others injured nationwide due to wave of bad weather that hit Egypt as of Saturday morning, The Egyptian health ministry announced in a statement.

Most of the victims were killed in bad weather-related accidents in the Red Sea, Sinai, Qena and Suez governorates during the past two days.


2nd Fugitive from Ismailia’s Future prison arrested

Security forces have arrested the 2nd of five fugitives who escaped the Ismailia Future Prison Friday, Youm7 reported.

Ahmed Younes, 40, was referred to prosecution after he was arrested in the house of his cousin in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia Friday morning.

On Friday, six inmates escaped the Ismailia Future Prison after an exchange of fire with the police, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.


The six fugitives include three terrorist suspects while the three others were detained for criminal charges, including theft and abduction, the statement read, adding that one of the escapees was arrested few hours later.

A total of 18 policemen from the Ismailia security directorate were remanded pending investigations over their alleged role in the jailbreak that left a police major and a civilian dead.

The jailbreak was followed by a reshuffle among senior police officers in Ismailia.


Egypt court sets Nov.19 to announce verdict on press syndicate head, 2 board members

The Qasr el Nil misdemeanor court on Saturday has set Nov. 19 to announce verdict against Egypt’s Press Syndicate chairman, Yehia Kallash, and two other board members on charges of sheltering fugitives inside the syndicate’s headquarters, Youm7 reported.

Kallash, the syndicate’s secretary-general Gamal Abdel Reheem and undersecretary Khaled El-Balshy were referred to court in June for sheltering journalists Mahmoud al Sakka and Amr Badr who were staging a sit-in to protest warrants issued for their arrest.


Egypt sees moderate weather after heavy floods

Forecasters expected a moderate weather to prevail on the northern parts of the country during morning hours Saturday,  while temperatures will decline at night.

Cairo temperature will record highs of 28 and lows of 22.

An unstable weather has been witnessed on Thursday in most governorates, with heavy rains mounting to floods in some areas and resulting in casualties.


Young girl drowned in pond after floods in Kafr el-Sheikh

A three-old girl was annoucned dead early on Saturday after falling into a pond formed of accumulated rain water in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag.

Medical examination of the body showed that the girl died of drowning.

Sohag was one of some Upper Egypt’s governorates that witnessed heavy rains during the past two days. A multi-vehicle accident took place Friday due to the bad weather, leaving at least eight deaths and dozens injured.


Report reveals Egypt moves from water abundance to scarcity

A report by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources revealed that Egypt is witnessing a significant move from a culture of water abundance to scarcity.

Therefore, the report urged citizens to rationalize  their use of water and change consuming habits.


Swift restoration ordered to roads damaged by floods

Transport Minister Galal Saeed ordered rapid restoration to damaged roads as a result of floods that hit in Sinai, Red Sea governorate and Upper Egypt.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is scheduled to head Saturday to Red Sea governorate, along with a number of ministers, to follow up on the floods that hit Ras Gharib city and left damages.


Floods keep students home Saturday, Sunday

Students in Upper Egypt’s Asyut will be given Saturday and Sunday as exceptional vacation this week due to floods that hit the governorate, annoucned Asyut Governor Yasser el-Desouki.

The governor has witnessed several power cuts and accumulated water of height exceeding one meter in the streets. Casulaties were reported as a result of rain-related accidents.

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