News

Cairo Rain Causes Chaotic Traffic, Power Outages

Cairo Rain Causes Chaotic Traffic, Power Outages

Large pools of water, an entire open air food court evacuated, panic-stricken individuals trying desperately to find a single vacant white taxi, such were the scenes on Tuesday evening as a short rain fall left many of Cairo’s districts in a frenzy.

Only a few hours after heavy rains in Heliopolis, Nasr city, Salah Salem and a few more disticts, the majority of the city’s streets amassed large swathes of puddles. Buses filled to the brim with passengers despite unmoving traffic.

Photos of tunnels-turned-pools also circulated on social media as many took to expressing frustration from the expected poor infrastructure conditions and ineffective drainage systems.

Heavy rains are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday as well.

Egypt’s Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, announced that universities and schools are to be suspended in some areas of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia based on Egypt’s Meterological Authority’s reports of continued rains in the next days as per local news outlets Al Shorouk, Al Amal and Al Ahram.

The rain seepage was also attested in several establishments, including Cairo’s airport.

In the hopes of evading the rain, the city’s underground system also saw a massive spike of passengers who also hoped to avoid the eminent street congestion.

Yearly rains occur in Cairo and Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria during the winter, causing the same disruption, gridlocks and floods.

Uganda Appoints the First Ever Egyptian Goodwill Ambassador to Promote Tourism
UK Lifts Restrictions on Flights to Sharm El-Sheikh After 4-Year Ban

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Upholds Court Order to Ban Jewish Festival of 19th Century Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Public Prosecution Orders 3 Alleged Fairmont Rapists Detained Pending Investigation

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Interpol Extradites Three Egyptians Implicated in ‘Fairmont Gang Rape’ from Lebanon to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

PayTabs Egypt is Giving COVID-19 Impacted Small Businesses Free Access to Digital Payment Solutions

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

Egyptian Journalist Lina Attalah Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 23, 2020

Egypt Signs East Mediterranean Gas Forum Charter

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 22, 2020

14 Fully Intact and Sealed Coffins Discovered after 2,500 Years in Egypt’s Saqqara

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 21, 2020

Egyptian ‘TikTok’ Star Menna Abdel Aziz Released: Lawyers

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 18, 2020