Floods kill 18 people as heavy rains batter parts of Egypt

Sunday 30/10/2016
Over three days of heavy rains (Photo by Ahram Arabic)

CAIRO - At least 18 people have been killed over three days of heavy rains and flooding in parts of Egypt, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The toll included one killed in South Sinai province since Thursday, and nine in the eastern Red Sea province, a health ministry official said.

The ministry reported earlier that nine people had died in Sinai but the official said that count was inaccurate.

Elsewhere, six others died when their bus overturned on a flooded road in the southern province of Sohag, the ministry had said on Friday.

In the meantime, disgruntled Egyptians blocked the road in front of the Egyptian prime minister's entourage as he headed to visit a city devastated by heavy rains and flooding.

According to the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, residents ordered Sherif Ismail to turn around and leave Ras Gharib, the Red Sea port town which was among the hardest hit by Friday's storms.

The paper said that angry citizens on Saturday criticized the government for its slow response to the flooding, which caused power outages and several deaths among residents.

Ismail, instead, left his car and toured the town, promising to seek quick government support for the residents.

Pictures from Ras Gharib showed vehicles submerged and citizens making their way through muddy streets and knee-deep water.

Rains in the autumn and winter cause flooding in parts of Egypt, especially those with poor infrastructure, almost every year.