Egypt Independent

Bad weather shuts down several ports



Bad weather, strong winds and waves shut down several Egyptian ports on Thursday.

Tarek al-Gamal, general manager of the Sharm el-Sheikh Seaport, said the port was closed due to bad weather and high winds carrying dust and sand, in addition to high waves.

Traffic between the ports of Nuweiba and Aqaba in Jordan was halted for a second day in a row due to high waves and strong winds, which led to the accumulation of trucks inside and outside the Nuweiba port.

An official from the Red Sea Ports Authority said the ports of Ain Sokhna and Hurghada were closed for the same reasons, but the rest of the ports on the Red Sea continued to work normally.

The Red Sea Emergency Department received a note from the Meteorology Center about expected bad weather and sandstorms, which the department relayed to ports, hotels and tourist facilities to ban yachts and fishing boats from sailing.

The Alexandria and Dekheila ports were reopened after the winds calmed down.

Bad weather and strong winds have also disrupted land traffic in South Sinai.