Egypt – 5 Dead After Storms Trigger Floods

Storms have caused flooding and damage in Egypt, where authorities report 5 people have died.

Strong winds, lightning strikes and flooding rain caused havoc in several parts of the country. Dozens of trees were uprooted and at least 5 buildings destroyed. Storm-related fatalities were reported in the governorates of Qena (2), New Valley (1), Sohag (1) and Monifia (1).

Flooding was reported in parts of the governorates of New Valley, Suez and Cairo, where the drainage system was overwhelmed and water supply cut. Images shared on Social Media showed flood waters raging through parts of Helwan City, situated along the Nile river, south of Cairo.

Schools, public offices and some air- and seaports were closed and train services suspended.

Two trains collided near Ramses railway station (also known as Misr Station), the main railway station in Cairo. The severe weather was blamed for the crash which injured 13 people. Egypt’s Ministry of Health said none of the injuries were serious.

The storm system is moving northeastward, although Egyptian Meteorological Agency said the severe weather is likely to continue in Egypt until 14 March.

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