Around 20 dead as heavy rains lash Egypt

CAIRO (AFP) – Heavy rains and flooding have killed around 20 people in Egypt, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said, in what he described as some of the worst weather in several decades.

In a statement posted on a government Facebook page, Madbouli said the bad weather had killed “around 20 people nationwide”.

He urged local officials to declare a day off for schools and universities yesterday to allow the authorities to respond to the situation.

“Egypt has not witnessed such weather conditions in some 35 or 40 years,” Madbouli said.

Five people died in Zaraib, south of Cairo, when their homes were swept away, a security official said earlier on Friday, adding that rescue workers were looking for more victims. In Cairo, two people were electrocuted and killed, the Akhbar el-Yom daily reported on its website.

The bad weather was also blamed for a train crash in the capital on Thursday in which 13 people were injured.

Youth walk during a rain storm in the Haram district of the Egyptian capital’s twin city of Giza with the pyramid of Khafre seen in the background. PHOTO: AFP