The governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalyubia, Sharqia, Ismailia, Dakahlia, Alexandria, Kafr El-Sheikh, Matrouh, Damietta, Beheira and North Sinai witnessed, during the last hours, rainfall in varying degrees.
The governorate of Alexandria in northern Egypt, in particular, was exposed to heavy rain with thunderstorms. A statement issued by the Ministry of Local Development, on Sunday, stated that “the accumulation of rainwater accumulated throughout the governorate is being dealt with.”
Ismailia governorate also witnessed heavy rains on most of the neighborhoods, with the continued lifting of water, as well as the North Sinai governorate, which was subjected to heavy rains on the Hasana Center, and medium ones on the cities of Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, while light rain fell on some villages of the Nakhl Center..
The Minister of Local Development, Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, received a report from the Ministry’s Operations and Crisis Management Room, on the follow-up of the weather, rainfall and bad weather conditions that some governorates were exposed to.
The report pointed to the suspension of studies in several governorates, pointing also to the interruption of rains in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalyubia, Beheira, Matrouh, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Gharbia, Damietta, Dakahlia and Port Said. Meanwhile, rainwater gatherings are dealt with in neighborhoods, centers and hot spots.
The report noted that the rest of Egypt’s governorates are witnessing stability in the weather.
Shaarawy stressed the heads of centers, cities, neighborhoods, and local units, to have a field presence in the streets throughout the day, to follow up on the operations of suctioning water accumulations.
Suction cars were stationed in places exposed to accumulations, to speed up the withdrawal of water and reduce the effects of rain, and to ensure that traffic was not disrupted on the streets and the entrances and exits of bridges, and to take the necessary measures in this regard.
The ministry has raised the level of maximum preparedness in the governorates experiencing bad weather, until it stabilizes.
Shaarawy stressed, in a statement on Sunday, the Ministry’s operations room to follow up on developments in the situation in all governorates around the clock, to quickly deal with any emergency events, in coordination with the central operations room in the Council of Ministers.
He also stressed “the continuation of continuous coordination between all service and vital sectors in the governorates, especially drinking water and sewage companies, traffic and civil protection departments.”.
He called on citizens to “be careful and stay away from trees, banners, light poles and high pressure, help rainwater suction cars to move easily and smoothly, avoid driving cars at high speeds, and maintain safety distances to avoid traffic accidents.”