Rainfall in Egypt - File photo
CAIRO - 30 November 2022: After the city of Ras Ghareb was hit by a huge flood in 2016, causing heavy losses in the civilian population, the state embarked on constructing a large number of giant projects of lakes and dams to protect citizens, and private and public property from the dangers of floods.
These lakes are preparing to receive the torrential season that is expected to hit the Red Sea mountain range during the remaining few days of the year, as it already began in the south of the Red Sea, where the mountain valleys of Halayeb and Shalateen witnessed heavy rains during the previous days, which led to large amounts of rainwater.
The works to protect against torrential hazards in the cities of Hurghada and Safaga are represented in 5 blocking dams, in addition to 4 artificial lakes and 3 calming basins. The storage capacity of the projects is 5.812 million cubic meters, at a cost of 200 million pounds.
Three guidance barriers have also been established in the city of Ras Ghareb.
A lake of Wadi al-Darb was established with nine million seven hundred cubic meters of water to protect the city.
Likewise, in the city of Hurghada, the desert of Hurghada includes 3 dams and 4 lakes, to protect it from the dangers of torrential rains.
In the city of Shalatin, the city protects the lakes of Wadi Hawdhin, which has been able to collect large quantities of water during the past week, and it was expanded with a storage capacity of 16 million cubic meters, at a cost of 155 million pounds.