Gov't halts classes at schools, universities Saturday amid bad weather

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Fri, 13 Mar 2020 - 04:16 GMT

This unstable wave of weather is expected to last until Saturday - Press photo

This unstable wave of weather is expected to last until Saturday - Press photo

CAIRO - 13 March 2020: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli on Friday ordered suspending classes at universities and schools nationwide, to facilitate the efforts to face the wave of bad weather and torrential rain Egypt has suffered since late on Wednesday.

Madbouli on Thursday urged pedestrians, especially children, to stay away from lamp posts to avoid electric shock.

In a meeting for the Cabinet’s Crisis Management department, Madbouli affirmed communicating with governors continuously since Wednesday evening to follow up on the efforts made to face the wave of unstable weather.

Madbouli said work shifts were cancelled on Thursday as initial information revealed that torrential rain will, in some areas, turn to flood. The work to remove rain water by water and sanitation companies has been facilitated as authorities took this precautionary measure, he added.

A 6-year-old child was killed after a huge tree fell on his house due to the bad weather, injuring his mother and the two other brothers in Qena governorate, Upper Egypt. Also, seven people in Helwan's 15 May city died when their houses collapsed due to the bad weather.

This unstable wave of weather is expected to last until Saturday.

A total of 31 trees and 16 electricity towers and a minaret of a mosque fell on Thursday, while 5 houses collapsed in the governorate.

Amid heavy rain, Cabinet’s media advisor Hany Younes published photos on Facebook showing Housing Minister Assem Al-Gazzar in one of the streets in New Cairo in the Egyptian capital, while supervising sanitation work to face the impact of rain. Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed was also been available in streets of Munsha’at Al-Qanater.

On Friday, Egyptian Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawi and Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal appeared in a street, while checking work to remove water. They were accompanied by top water officials.

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