7 dead after heavy rains, flooding in Egypt

Sun Online Desk

23rd October, 2019 09:07:13 printer

7 dead after heavy rains, flooding in Egypt


At least seven people, including three children, were killed in Egypt's Nile Delta and Sinai regions, authorities said Wednesday after heavy rains pummeled Cairo and other parts of the country the previous day, causing massive traffic jams and flooding many key roads.

Authorities closed schools and universities in the greater Cairo area Wednesday and companies saw only skeletal staff show up at work after Tuesday's heavy rains, reports AP.

The mayhem raised questions about Cairo's ability to deal with heavy rainfall as the city's infrastructure and sewage and drainage systems have suffered from years of poor maintenance.

Egypt Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said Wednesday's school closures were limited to the greater Cairo area, including Giza and Qalioubia, as more rainfall was expected in the next couple of days, according to the country's weather service.