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Monday, March 10, 2014

Heavy Rains and Flooding in Egypt

Heavy rains in Egypt have taken at least 26 lives, flooded villages, collapsed roofs, and led to evacuations. Part of the airport roof at the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada has collapsed; flooding has been reported from Sinai, and flooding of tunnels and ramps in Cairo has snarled traffic (even more than usual). Separate bus accidents in Asyut and Hurghada took 24 lives and at least two died in a house collapse, though that toll is likely to rise.

Al-Masry Al-Yawm
While rain in winter is not that uncommon the heavy rains in Upper Egypt and Sinai are unusual, and follow a winter that saw snow in the Cairo suburbs for the first time in many years.

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