Head of the Cabinet information and Decision support Center (IDSC)، Hossam EL-Gamal said on Thursday that 11 governorates are vulnerable to Rainfalls، yet the 5th Settlement suburb of Cairo is not included، pointing out that the district suffered heavy rains as result of a change in the wind direction.
In televised statements to “ON Live” TV Channel، El-Gammal added that cutting of water، and the power outage across the district came within the framework of the measures taken to remove rainwater from the streets، and to prevent any short circuit.
Noteworthy، Many people took to social media to complain that provincial officials and emergency departments failed to provide them with assistance. Others said vacuum trucks were not dispatched to their areas to remove rainwater from the streets.
Residents of the 5th Settlement suburb of Cairo shared videos and photos online showing flooded streets and garages، with water levels rising to over one meter، partially submerging cars.
Commuters on the road told Ahram Online that it took them up to seven hours to get home. Even passengers using Cairo's underground metro were not spared the long delays، as power outage at the south end of the network held up trains، causing congestion on platforms.
Some residents in suburbs of Cairo told Ahram Online that they have suffered up to 20-hour power cuts as a result of the weather conditions.
"We have had no electricity since 8pm yesterday،" said Abeer Mohamed، a resident of the 5th Settlement district in eastern Cairo.
The American University in Cairo said in a brief statement on its official Facebook page that it is supending classes and events on both its New Cairo and downtown Cairo campuses on Thursday "as a result of the extreme weather."