Egypt Independent

Floods hit Red Sea governorate, traffic blocked on some roads

Flooding caused traffic disruption on some roads in the Red Sea governorate on Wednesday as metorologists warned that heavy rain would cause floods over the next 48 hours.

A state of emergency was declared in the governorate as local authorities and emergency services prepared for flood-related accidents. Flooding was reported in Marsa Alam, Camels Valley, Halayeb, Shalateen and Abu Ramad.

Authorities halted the flow of traffic at kilometer 20 on the Marsa Alam-Edfu Road and at kilometer 67 on the Marsa Alam-Qoseir Road, seeking to prevent any risk to life due to flood waters.

Meanwhile, floods hit several areas on the Qoseir-Qaft Desert Road, with traffic blocked after a truck overturned.

Several eyewitnesses said the flood water slowed traffic and caused damage to the roads.

In related news, the municipality of Safaga opened the Safaga-Qena Road on Thursday after traffic was halted for several hours due flooding.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm