Egypt's army deploys in flood-stricken areas

Egypt's army is continuing efforts to overcome the damaging effects of weekend flooding in the Red Sea area and Upper Egypt, Egypt's Ahram Online reported Wednesday (November 2nd).

Specialised army personnel have been deployed in Red Sea's Ras Gharib since Tuesday with equipment to drain water and sand inside hospitals, schools and government facilities, an army spokesman said. Water vacuum trucks have been deployed in streets and main squares to restore traffic.

In Upper Egypt, the army's southern command distributed 50,000 food boxes to people affected by the weather in several villages in Sohag governorate, and assigned a medical convoy to conduct checkups and provide medicine to residents.

On Friday and Saturday, 26 people were killed in accidents resulting from the torrential rain and flooding in several Egyptian governorates.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ordered 50 million Egyptian pounds ($5.6 million) to be allocated as compensation to the victims, with a further 50 million pounds allocated for the urgent restoration of infrastructure in affected areas.

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