Heavy rains sweep Aswan

Heavy rains sweep Aswan

On

Tue, 02/10/2012 - 19:31

Heavy thunderstorms and rain swept the city of Aswan in Upper Egypt on Tuesday, flooding the streets and causing a complete halt of traffic. It was also hit by dust storms that cut off power to the whole city.

No reports of deaths, injuries or collapse of buildings have been received so far, but the governor announced a state of emergency for the ambulance services, the fire brigade and the hospitals, and Nile cruisers had to dock.

The General Authority for Meteorology (GAM) has warned of possible torrential rain with autumn approaching, which requires the clearing of water drains in North and South Sinai, the Red Sea strip and some governorates in Upper Egypt, according to GAM official Wahid Seoudy.

The cities of Nuweiba and St. Catherine in South Sinai saw medium torrential rain on Sunday that disrupted traffic on the international road in central Sinai and the Dahab-St. Catherine-Nuweiba Road.

Edited translation from MENA