The Cairo governorate has imposed a 72-hour state of emergency in New Cairo after heavy rains fell across different neighborhoods and districts on Tuesday, the chief of the New Cairo Development Body, Adel al-Nagar said.
Nagar added that workers unblocked cesspools and used eight sewage suction cars, three street sweepers and a truck dedicated for emergency floods to clearing out drainage and waters.
Nagar added that the body prepared 11 water suction pumps to clear the rainwater.
He said that workers also stopped trucks and cars in New Cairo’s main roads, corridors and squares and urged people to park their cars away from any pools.
Thunder and rains hit Cairo and Giza governorates in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and the streets were flooded with water.
The unstable weather will continue until Thursday, and there will be less chance of rain on Friday.
The Ministry of Local Development confirmed that 80 vacuum trucks were deployed to evacuate water in Nasr City, Heliopolis, Salah Salem Street, Orouba Tunnel, Nasr Road in front of the memorial, Martyr Hisham Barakat Square and Abbas al-Akkad street, New Cairo.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm