Egypt – Heavy Rain Causes Flood Chaos in Cairo

Update, 24 October 2019:

According to media reports, flooding has also affected other parts of the country, causing further damage and fatalities. Three people died in Gharbia Governorate, 2 in North Sinai Governorate, 2 in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, and one in Cairo. Schools were closed in Port Said Governorate on 24 October due to bad weather.

Original report, 23 October 2019:

Hours of heavy on 22 October, 2019, caused flash flooding across parts of Cairo, Egypt.

Northeastern parts of Greater Cairo were the worst affected, including Nasr City and areas around Cairo’s international airport. Flights were delayed after flooding damaged a terminal building and blocked surrounding roads preventing passengers from reaching the airport.

Locals blamed the city’s poor drainage systems for the flooding, which caused traffic chaos on the city’s streets. Schools and universities have been closed in parts of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia.

Local media reported that one person died as a result of flooding in 10th of Ramadan City, Greater Cairo.

Earlier Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) had warned of unstable weather in the country which is likely to last until at least Friday 25 October, 2019.

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