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23 Dead in Beheira After Days of Torrential Rain

23 Dead in Beheira After Days of Torrential Rain

Heavy rainfall flooded the streets of Beheira. Photo: The Cairo Post
Heavy rainfall flooded the streets of Beheira. Photo: The Cairo Post

The death toll from torrential rainstorms that plagued Egypt’s Beheira governorate over the past several days has risen to 23, according to state-run news agency MENA.

At least seven died from electric shocks and 11 drowned in the midst of the rain and flooding, state media Al-Ahram reported.

According to privately owned Youm7, another 35 citizens were injured and are being treated in a hospital in Wadi al-Natroun.

Alexandria also suffered from heavy rainfall and hail over the past two weeks, leaving the streets of the coastal city drastically flooded on October 25. Many citizens suffered grave damage to the their personal properties, from homes to shops and cars. In addition, seven Egyptians were reported dead due to electric shock.

Given the recurrence of the crisis over the years, residents of the city expressed their utter outrage at the former governor of Alexandria Hani el-Messiry for failing to efficiently prepare the city for the foreseeable events. Shortly afterwards, el-Messiry resigned from his position but Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail cleared Elmessiry of responsibility for the flooding.

The crisis was again repeated on November 4 after an intense night of thunderstorms, which left the entire city in complete paralysis.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made a “surprise” visit to Alexandria earlier on Sunday and allocated EGP 1 billion from the Tahya Masr (Long Live Egypt) fund to upgrade the city’s sewage and drainage system within 10 days under military supervision.

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