Extreme weather claims eight lives this week

The past week’s unusually cold and turbulent weather has reportedly killed eight and injured seven, including three tourists.

Gusting winds caused two laborers in Damietta to fall from a bridge this week, causing one death. In Assiut, five died after their house collapsed in the Dairout district.

In Daqahlia, two police officers died on the Ismailia-Zagazig highway in a car crash that was caused by the inclement weather. Two others were injured in the same collision. In South Sinai, three French tourists were injured after their vehicle turned over on the Saint Catherine-Nuweiba Road.

Four ferries that were to transport 700 passengers were kept in dock at the Red Sea due to high waves and strong winds.

In Alexandria, trains coming in and out of Abu Qir station were partially disrupted due to water covering the railway tracks after heavy rains.

General Authority for Meteorology official Ali Qotb told Al-Masry Al-Youm the the weather is expected to improve in the coming three days. Wind gusts should die down and rainfall is expected to be limited to the North Coast and North Sinai.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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