News

Heavy Rains Cause Chaos, Raise Concerns on Cairo’s Infrastructure

Heavy Rains Cause Chaos, Raise Concerns on Cairo’s Infrastructure

File photo of Cairo’s Fifth Settlement. Photo via El Gornal Net.

A rare bout of heavy rainfall, thunder, and lightning has attacked Egypt’s capital and other parts of the country for the second day running, causing flooding and incapacitating the city’s traffic – and its people.

The state news agency, MENA, reported that the authorities were forced to close highways, with parts of Cairo’s ring road being shut. As a result, some travellers had to spend the night in their cars.

Little seems to have been spared the vicious downpour, with videos emerging on social media of water pouring through the ceiling of Point 90 mall in Fifth Settlement, alongside parked cars which were almost completely submerged in water. In addition, buildings, houses, and bridges collapsed reports Egypt Independent and Egypt Today.

New Cairo – the area most badly hit by the rains – saw electrical cables landing in floodwaters, meaning that people were trapped inside their cars.

According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the police today had to rescue 24 people – 21 students, their driver, and two supervisors – who were trapped while on a trip to a nature reserve near the city.

Meanwhile, actress Nashwa Mustafa reassured her Facebook audience after having called the police to save her house from flooding.

Egypt’s Meteorological Authority says that the unstable weather is expected to improve across the country, starting on Friday.

Careem Alerted to Security Breach in June 2017
Marble Head of Roman Emperor Discovered in Egypt's Aswan


Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News

Egypt’s Vision to Increase Private Sector Investments to 65% in 3 Years

Egyptian Streets16 May 2022

Egypt Plans Digital Process for Establishing Startups

Shereif Barakat16 May 2022

BREAKING: UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Dies, Aged 73

Sara Ahmed13 May 2022

5 Soldiers, 7 Terrorists Killed After Military Retaliation in Sinai

Mona Abdou11 May 2022

Palestinian Al-Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Shot Dead During Israeli Raid

Shereif Barakat11 May 2022

Men Who Blackmailed Egyptian Girl to Suicide Get 15 Years in Jail

Egyptian Streets11 May 2022

Egypt’s Inflation Rises to 14.9% as Ukraine War Persists

Shereif Barakat11 May 2022

13 Boys Arrested for Harassing Tourists at Egypt’s Pyramids in Viral Video

Farah Rafik7 May 2022