Egypt Independent

Ministry of Irrigation: ‘State of Emergency’ as rains start in Upper Egypt

Clouds were seen at several governorates throughout Egypt on Tuesday, as unstable weather moved in, prompting administrators to put into action plans to confront the bad weather.

Several cities and villages in Minya saw thunderstorms and rains. Road accidents increased due to the fog.

Major General Essam al-Bedewy, the governor, instructed declaring a state of emergency at 23 badly affected areas east of the Nile River.

In Menoufia, Governor Hesham Abdel Baset, instructed the executive bodies to be in communication with the governorate’s central task force and to check all equipment provided to face the rains.

Beheira Governor Mohamed Sultan ordered officials at the departments of electricity, water, drainage, health, ambulance and civil protection to remain on high alert.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aaty said a state of emergency has been declared through 30 teams to face the dangers of heavy rains and floods, as well as to reduce the levels of water throughout the Delta governorates.

Meteorologists expected unstable weather to resume on Wednesday, accompanied by a gradual decrease in temperatures.

The bad weather will reach its worst on Thursday and Friday.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm