By Sarah El-Sheikh
A storm, dubbed the ‘El-Maknasa’ storm, began on Monday in Alexandria, Beheira and Kafr El-Sheikh, with heavy rains and thunderstorms that flooded the streets.
The storm led, to power cuts in a number of areas and cities in Beheria, and the shutting down of the Borollos port in Kafr El-Sheikh.
Meanwhile, the three governorates are still suffering the consequences of floods that occurred in early November.
In Alexandria, water suction cars were sent to absorb the accumulated water in numerous streets and districts and under the bridges. Executive workers are still continuing maintenance work in the drainage system to effectively handle the situation in the three governorates.
Furthermore, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi went on tour to Alexandria on Monday to check on the maintenance work and to confirm the drainage system’s efficiency to confront the predicted heavy rains in the upcoming days, according to a ministry statement.
Moghazi highlighted that the drainage systems were modified and prepared to receive more amounts of accumulated waters in Alexandria and that 130 violations were dealt with.
Last week, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker announced that the power will be switched off during heavy rainfall to avoid electric shocks, which recently caused the deaths of several people during floods in Beheira and Alexandria.
Also last week, Governor of Beheira Mohamed Sultan visited Affouna town in Wadi El-Natrun and ordered the construction of a residential village in Affouna, equipped with all the necessary services, on state lands located in Beheira.
Eighteen people were killed in Alexandria and Beheira due electrocution from fallen power cables during the floods.