26 People Dead, 72 Injured As Torrential Rain Hits Egypt

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26 People Dead, 72 Injured As Torrential Rain Hits Egypt

No less than 26 persons have died with over 72 others wounded after a 48-hour of torrential rain and subsequent flood since on Thursday in Egypt, authorities said on Sunday.

Quoting the health and population ministry, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported the death toll on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

“In South Sinai, nine people were killed and one injured. In Upper Egypt’s Sohag eight people were killed and 23 injured, while in Beni Suef five people were injured. In the Red Sea, nine people were killed and 35 others injured,” Egyptian news portal Ahram Online reported.

On Saturday, Egypt had released a toll of 18 people for the flooding which was caused by torrential rains.

Megahed said, however, that the toll could rise as some families may have buried their dead relatives without reporting them to the authorities.

The government ordered a total of EGP 50 million ($5.6 million) to be allocated as compensation to the victims of the floods nationwide, and another EGP 50 million for the restoration of infrastructure in affected areas.

Annual flooding is common during Egypt’s autumn and winter seasons and torrential rains normally cause damage, especially in areas with poor infrastructure.

At least 270 people were killed in the country’s worst ever such flooding in November 1994. All the dead in that flooding were residents of a village in Assyut Province.



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