A vacuum truck sucks rainwater from the streets in the Red Sea- Egypt Today/Emad Arafa
CAIRO – 17 March 2020: Egypt’s losses as a result of the latest heavy rains and floods reached LE800 million, according to Prime Minster Mustafa Madboly, Tuesday.
The losses were mainly were in the electricity, water and sewage stations, roads, transportation and railways sectors. Madboly affirmed that according to President Abdel Fattah el Sisi directions a comprehensive work plan aims at finding solutions for the rainwater and sewage network in Egypt will be implemented as soon as possible.
Sisi, also directed in a statement “an immediate recovery of the damage caused by the floods nationwide.”
On March 12, Egypt was hit with a wave of bad weather and heavy rains accompanied by sandy winds, thunder and low temperatures nationwide, of which lasted for three days Egypt's railways movement was suspended along with Cairo’s metro movement.
Due to the unstable weather two-rain collision took place between Imbaba and Ramsis railways stations, of which 13 passengers were injured and no deaths recorded.
Seventeen ambulance were sent to the crash location according to health Minster spokesperson Khaled Megahed, as all wounded were hospitalized and most injuries were diagnosed as simple bruises.
One of the trains apparently collided into the other by accident due to the unstable weather and heavy rains.
Also a total of 31 trees and 16 electricity towers and a minaret of a mosque have fallen, while 5 houses collapsed in the governorate.
The state of emergency was declared on Thursday, March 12, which was also declared a paid holiday to avoid traffic in the streets.