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Heavy rainfall prevails on most of Cairo streets

Wednesday 25/April/2018 - 01:16 PM
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Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Smooth traffic prevailed Wednesday on major streets، main roads and squares of Cairo، amid an intensified presence of traffic policemen to prevent any traffic jam and accident as well، due to the Sinai liberation day holiday.

On the other hand، Egypt has expected today unstable weather across most parts of Egypt، some combined with heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Chairman of Egyptian Metrological Authority (EMA) Ahmed Abdel Aal said that Egypt faces unstable weather which lasts for 72 hours.

In a statement to Sada El Balad، Abdel Aal warned that this unstable weather accompanied by rainfall، will last till the end of this week.

However، there is ponding and high water in El Shrouq Entrance one and two، Suez Road، Ismailia Road، in front of Al Rehab City، and on Ring Road.

Meanwhile، Major Mohamed El-Sherbini operation room supervisor at the General Directorate of Traffic warned "Dmc" TV channel، that there is heavy rainfall on most of the streets.

Major Mohamed El-Sherbini urged the drivers to proceed cautiously while driving and to reduce the speed limit as well as to create a space between their car and the car in front of them.

El-Sherbini also asked the drivers to check their car for its technical condition before driving.

Noteworthy، deadly road accidents occur on a near-daily basis in Egypt.

Egypt has the highest rate of road accidents and related deaths in the Middle East، with an average of 12،000 people killed annually، according to the World Health Organization.

At least 12،295 were reported dead in road traffic fatalities during 2007، 70% males، 30% females، while 154،000 were reported injured in road traffic non-fatalities، within the same year، according to the official statistics agency.

Meanwhile، At least 14،548 road accidents took place in Egypt in 2015.

Egypt loses about 12،000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100،000 population. The majority (48%) of those killed are passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (20%) of these fatalities.

Egypt is one of the ten countries included in the WHO Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.

The road safety project in Egypt is led by a project working group، consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior، Education، and Health، as well as academia، trauma care services and nongovernmental organizations. WHO، the Global Road Safety Partnership، the International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University and the Association for Safe International Road Travel are the international consortium partners who will provide technical guidance and funding. The WHO country office coordinates the project.

The project activities are aimed at controlling speed and increasing seat-belt wearing. In addition to the road safety prevention work، national and international stakeholders will also work in the area of data system development.

"Dmc" TV channel broadcasted a video featuring the traffic situation.

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