UPDATE – Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 31: Nile River turns Yellow; PM: sugar sufficient for 3 months
Nile River colour tuns yellow after floods in Upper Egypt. Photo by Youm7

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Nile River turns Yellow after Upper Egypt’s floods

The colour of the Nile River has been changed into yellow, according to pictures taken by citizens from different parts in Cairo.

A picture was sent by a reader from Maadi district to Youm7 showed the color of the water pale yellow, claimed to be due to of the floods seen in Upper Egypt over the past few days.

The turbidity of the river has caused water outage in a number of Upper Egypt’s cities; the cut might last for two to three days.


PM: sugar sufficient for 3 months, 250K tons distributed in October

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said during a parliamentary session Monday that sugar is sufficient for three months, and that the government has distributed 250,000 tons during October.

Over the past weeks, citizens have been complaining about lack of subsidized sugar; the government blamed the shortage on traders reserving huge amounts in stores, triggering official crackdowns on these stores.

Ismail also said that the government did not see Ras Gharib town’s flooding coming as the area has not seen such heavy rains in 50 years. Floods left leaving damages and casualties in the Red Sea’s town.


European Panorama Film Festival kicks off in downtown Tuesday

The 9th edition of The European Panorama Film Festival Opening will kick off tomorrow in Kareem Cinema downtown, with Mr. Angel Gutierrez representative of the European Union Delegation to Egypt and Ms.

Marianne Khoury from MISR Films International with a Press Conference. Panorama is an initiative of MISR Films International co-funded by the European Union since 2009 with €35,000. The festival is organised by Zawya under the patronage and with the subvention of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. The objective of the festival is to promote European cinema in Egypt. By now the festival is a permanent and important item on Egypt’s yearly cultural agenda. It is a platform for intercultural dialogue to exchange of views and opinions between different cultures.

This year a new touch is added by films inviting the audience to look at European cities under unusual angles. Besides, projections will also take place in Port Said and Ismailia to the screenings in Cairo, Alexandria, and Tanta. All screenings will be shown between the 2nd and the 12th of November.


Egypt forms general authority for Grand Museum

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued on Monday a decision to form a general authority for the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and comes under the authority of Ministry of Antiquities, Youm7 reported.

During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration of the first phase scheduled for 2017.

Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 2018.

The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012. Two phases have currently been completed.


Study suspended in Red Sea’s city after schools flooded with heavy rains

The Red Seal educational Directorate has decided to close schools in Ras Gharib city which has beeb flooded with heavy rains over the past two days, directorate manager Noura Fadel told Youm7 Monday.

All nine schools were flooded, pushing the directorate to form a committee to discuss ways of returning the study in these schools.

A wave of bad weather hit several places in Egypt, leaving 26 people killed and 71 injured, the health ministry announced on Sunday.


Egyptian mechanic killed by unknown people in Libya

An Egyptian national was killed after three unknown people stabbed him to death in the city of Khums in Libya, Youm7 reported on Monday.

27-year-old expatriate called Arafa Taha was working a mechanic and he was killed while he was returning back after from the work, said his brother Essam Taha. The dead body was transported to a governmental hospital at the city.


104th session of UNWTO Executive Council kicks off in Luxor

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council’s 104th session kicks off in Upper Egypt’s Luxor on Monday, Youm7 reported.

The two-day session will be attended by representatives from 50 countries and a number of ministers. On Nov. 1-2, the city will also host the 5th UNWTO Global Summit.

The summit will discuss city tourism trends and topics of sustainable development, innovation in city tourism, cross-cultural behavior, and new business models, according to the UNWTO official website.


Light rains may drop in northern cities: EMA

Egyptian meteorologists expected that light rains would drop in the northern parts of Egypt, said Egyptian Meteorology Authority (EMA) spokesperson Wahid Saudi on Monday.

He denied the reports stated by the Ministry of Irrigation on the possibility of dropping heavy rains in the coming few days. Saudi noted that no rains will shower the Upper Egypt’s governorates.


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