Vehicles travel in cold, wet, rainy and foggy weather in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Egypt, in this January 27, 2016 photo. (REUTERS)
CAIRO – 25 April 2018: Several parts of Cairo and Giza witnessed on Tuesday heavy rainfall with lightning and thunder and meteorologists expected that the weather will be continuing unstably until Thursday.
Rainfall throughout the capital caused some buildings, houses and bridges to collapse; some governorates such as Suez, Ain Sokhna and Ismailia were also affected.
The head of the General Directorate of Traffic moved to those places and coordinated with the National Authority for Potable Water and Sewage and General Authority for Roads, Bridges & Land to send cars to suction the water and remedy traffic dysfunction.
Meanwhile, the Railways Authority announced delays in some trains as a result of heavy rainfall; the spokesperson for the metro company, Ahmed Abdel Hady also said that the electrical grid in the first line of the subway was cut off and that they will fix it later.
“The bad weather and the rain caused one of the corridors to collapse in Point 90 Mall, located in front of the American University in Cairo. There were no injuries and we evacuated the building and separated electricity from devices,” security sources said.
Traffic Police Commander Abdellah Rashad confirmed that the road leading to Ain Sokhna was closed from Kilometer 60 due to heavy rain.
In the same context, the Egyptian police force rescued 30 students from Hayah International Academy during a trip to the natural reserve of “Wadi Degla” after falling into a mountain inside the reserve because of the rainfall.
The actress Nashwa Mustafa reassured her audience through her Facebook account after having called the police to save her house from sinking.