At least 22 killed in Egypt floods

A man ties a rope to his pick-up truck to help pull a car that drifted off the road, because of flooding caused by heavy rain, in Qena, Egypt, on Oct 28, 2016.
A man ties a rope to his pick-up truck to help pull a car that drifted off the road, because of flooding caused by heavy rain, in Qena, Egypt, on Oct 28, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

CAIRO (AFP) - At least 22 people were killed and 72 injured in flooding in parts of Egypt caused by torrential rains, authorities said on Sunday (Oct 30), updating an earlier toll of 18 dead.

Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the death toll could rise further as some families may not have reported the loss of relatives who have already been buried since the flooding began on Thursday.

The government on Saturday announced the provision of 50 million Egyptian pounds (S$7.8 million) for flood-hit areas, which include Sohag, South Sinai and along the Red Sea coast.

The Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Watan newspapers said residents in Ras Gharib, angry over the government response to the floods on Saturday, blocked a convoy transporting Prime Minister Sharif Ismail.

Ras Gharib, near the mouth of the Gulf of Suez, was the worst hit area with nine people killed in the flooding.

Also among those lost in the disaster were six people killed when a bus overturned on a flooded road in Sohag province.

Rains in the autumn and winter cause flooding in parts of Egypt, especially those with poor infrastructure, almost every year.