Egypt’s population has increased by one million people in the past six months alone, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
CAPMAS estimated that the total population will reach 91 million by 10 pm on Sunday, six months after having reached the 90 million milestone on December 6, 2015.
Egypt, which is the Arab world’s most populous nation, has witnessed a ballooning population over the past several decades. Meanwhile, its poverty levels have also been on the rise, with the World Bank estimating in 2010 that a quarter of the country’s population lives in poverty.
In 2015, Egypt’s population growth rate was 2.4 percent, which is five times higher that of developed countries and double that of developing countries, according to CAPMAS.
Cairo alone holds 9.51 million of Egypt’s total population, making it the most populous governorate in the country.