Egypt Independent

Heavy rain and snow rattle Nuweiba, Dahab

Heavy rains

have hit all areas of Nuweiba and Dahab, with snow falling for the first time in the two South Sinai cities in recent years.  

Gibreel Feteih, a Bedouin resident of Nuweiba, said this is the first time the city has had such an amount of rain and snow in the Bedouin valleys.

Authorities have closed Wadi Watir Road in Nuweiba and Magra al-Seal in Dahab.

But urban residents have complained about the absence of sewage cisterns as water flooded dozens of stores. One supermarket sustained heavy losses, while a hotel’s reservoir was submerged.

Sayed Abdel Sadek, mayor of Dahab, disputed the accounts, saying the rains have not developed into floods and that stores sustained only minor losses.

Adel Kassab, director of the South Sinai Governorate operation room, said drainage vehicles have moved to Dahab to handle the situation. He added that the rains caused an electricity outage and a hiatus in the operation of sewage stations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm