Egypt – Floods in Alexandria Leave at Least 6 Dead

At least 6 people died in floods that struck Alexandria in Egypt early on Sunday 25 October 2015.

Five of the victims were electrocuted by a fallen power cable, thought to be from the city’s tram network. A sixth victim drowned when he was trapped in his car by the floodwaters.

Severe weather, including heavy rain, flooding, sandstorms and strong winds, affected other parts of Egypt forcing flights to be diverted and the temporary closure of Sharm el-Sheikh and Ain Sokhna ports.

Egyptian news agency MENA report that the governor of Alexandria, Hany el-Messiry, has resigned over the poor response to flooding.

MENA also report that, in the wake of the floods, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has transferred chairman of the sewage company in Alexandria Yousry Azer to another post. The Prime Minister had toured the affected areas of Alexandria on Sunday.