Egypt’s Minister of Local Development, Mahmoud Shaarawy, has said that several governorates have been exposed to heavy rains and thunderstorms this week. The Rain storms across the country have reached their peak on Saturday’s mid-night with milder weather forecast for Sunday.
Local Development Ministry’s Operations and Crisis Management Room issued a report which asserted that Ismailia and North Sinai governorates witnessed heavy rains on some neighborhoods.
Alexandria was also exposed to heavy rains and thunderstorms, and the accumulated rainwater is being dealt with throughout the governorate.
Meanwhile, a huge fire broke out on Sunday inside the Depository and Vehicle Reservation Unit in Alexandria, which resulted in the burning of 28 cars, with no causalities.
The preliminary examination suggested that the fire was caused by a short circuit as a result of bad weather.
Moreover, the report of crisis unit indicated that schools were suspended in the governorates of North Sinai, Cairo, Giza, Qalyubeya, Alexandria, Beheira, Kafr El-Sheikh, Matrouh, Menoufeya, Gharbeya, Damietta and Daqahleya.
The report also indicated that the rains stopped in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalyubeya, Beheira, Matrouh, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqeya, Gharbeya, Damietta, Daqahleya, and Port Said, and rainwater gatherings are dealt with in neighborhoods, centers and hot spots, while the rest of the governorates are experiencing stability in the weather.
Shaarawy followed up to the bad weather conditions in some governorates, including Cairo, Giza, Qalyubeya, Sharqeya, Ismailia, Dakahleya, Alexandria, Kafr El-Sheikh, Matrouh, Damietta, Beheira, and North Sinai.
Shaarawy directed to constantly raise the level of maximum readiness in the governorates that witness bad weather conditions, in order to quickly deal with any emergency events.
He called on citizens to be careful and stay away from any trees, advertising banners, lighting poles and high pressure, as well as avoiding driving cars at high speeds and maintain safety distances to avoid traffic accidents.
Moderate rain is expected on the northern coast and northern Egypt on Sunday as schools remain closed in several governorates amid a wave of bad weather.
Authorities in various governorates deployed water vacuum trucks on major roads and squares to suck rainwater and restore smooth traffic.