Egypt – Deadly Flash Floods in Red Sea and Sohag Areas (Updated)

Update, 31 October 2016

AFP, quoting health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed, reports the death toll from the floods has increased from 15 to at least 22, with 72 injured. The figure could rise further according to officials, as some families may not have reported the loss of relatives.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail visited the affected areas of the town of Ras Gharib, in the eastern Red Sea Governorate, where 9 people are thought to have died as a result of flooding. There were some reports of demonstrations by those angry at the slow government response to the floods. During his visit, the Prime Minister stressed the need to provide urgent assistance and provide the necessary compensation to those affected by floods.

The government announced on 29 October the provision of 50 million pounds ($5.6m) for the flood-hit areas of the Governorates of Sohag, South Sinai and Red Sea.

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Original Report, 29 October 2016

Local media in Egypt are reporting that around 15 people have been killed and almost 50 injured as a result of torrential rain and flooding in Egypt that began late Wednesday, 26 October, 2016.

Heavy rains caused flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast. According to Egypt’s official meteorological agency, the heavy rains are expected to last at least until Saturday.

According to WMO figures, 51 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 27 and 28 October in Hurghada, capital of Red Sea Governorate.

In the town of Ras Gharib, also in the Red Sea Governorate, 7 people were killed and 23 others injured as a result of the heavy rain and flooding, according to MENA News Agency, quoting officials from Egypt’s health ministry. No further details of the fatalities have been made available. Schools have been closed in the area.

In Sohag Governorate, 6 people died and 24 others were injured early on Friday, 28 October, when several vehicles overturned on flooded roads, according to Al-Ahram news.

Two people were also reportedly killed by electric shocks in Fayed, Ismailiya Governorate.

Reports also said at least seven people were wounded in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai Governorate after vehicles were swept away by flooding, according to Anadolu news agency.

Deadly floods struck Egypt around the same time last year. In early November 2015, at least 25 people were killed as a result of floods in Beheira Governorate. At least 6 people died in floods that struck Alexandria in Egypt early on Sunday 25 October 2015

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 25, 2016
Event
Egypt, October 2016
Date
October 26 to October 31, 2016
Type
Flash flood, Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Hurghada
B - Ras Gharib
C - Sohag

Magnitude

Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate - October 27 to October 28, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
29 people
October 26 to October 31, 2016
Injured
73 people
October 26 to October 31, 2016
Affected
32,500
October 26 to October 31, 2016
Egyptian Red Crescent reported that affected areas include: Red Sea, Assuit, Qena, Sohag and South Sinai governorates.