Egypt: Floods - Oct 2016
Heavy rains and flooding affected the Assuit, Red Sea, Sohag, South Sinai and Qena governorates of Egypt in late October and early November.
The torrential rains, which began late on Wednesday 26 October 2016, coupled with exceptionally high winds, have forced the authorities to shut four sea ports in Suez and Port Said provinces and to close some schools and main roads. At least 6,500 families — approximately 32,500 people — need emergency food, shelter, water and sanitation. Twenty-six people have been killed and 72 injured. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2016)
Upper Egypt and Red Sea mountainous regions, impoverished areas with poor infrastructure, receive torrential downpours annually in late October and early November. Due to bad weather, the heavy rainfall and floods hit several governorates of Egypt (South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit). In addition to deaths and injuries, houses have been swept away, main roads were closed and telephone and power lines were cut especially in Red Sea Governorate. (IFRC, 9 Nov 2016)
The European Union is supporting the Egyptian Red Crescent in delivering relief assistance to meet the immediate needs of up to 10.000 people affected by the floods: this will help finance the first aid response as well as hygiene promotion and kits to reduce the risk of water and sanitation related diseases. (ECHO, 21 Nov 2016)
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
Description of the disaster
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Heavy rains and flooding affected the Assuit, Red Sea, Sohag, South Sinai and Qena governorates of Egypt in late October and early November. At least 6,500 families — approximately 32,500 people — need emergency food, shelter, water and sanitation. Twenty-six people have been killed and 72 injured.
This EU-funding supports the Egyptian Red Crescent in delivering relief assistance to meet the immediate needs of up to 10.000 people affected by the floods. The funding will help refill the stocks of blankets, mattresses, pillows, plastic sheeting and other urgently needed items that had been given out during the first hours of the disaster. EU funding will help finance the first aid response as well as hygiene promotion and kits to reduce the risk of water and sanitation related diseases.
By Stephen Ryan, IFRC
Sudden and unexpected rains hit south and eastern parts of Egypt at the beginning of November, killing 29 people and injuring at least 73 more. Volunteer teams of Egyptian Red Crescent Society have been among the few aid organisations providing assistance to people whose homes have been caught in the deluge. Food and non-food relief items, and psychosocial support, particularly to children, have been top priorities for the society, which began its response immediately after the onset of the disaster.
Description of the disaster
Heavy rains and flooding affected the Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast, affecting more than 6,500 families at the governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit.
According to official estimates as of 29 October 2016, 26 people have been killed and 72 injured as a result of intense flooding and related hazards.
Within the pioneering humanitarian role of the Egyptian Red Crescent and its rapid response in disasters and crises to help and rescue the affected people, Sohag ERC National Disaster Response Team and Emergency Action Team headed on Saturday 29 Oct. to hager abou leila village,saqultah, Sohag governorate which was affected by the floods resulted in collapsing a large number of houses and many families became homeless. ERC volunteers provided first aid to the injured and helped those who got affected with 1000 blankets and 500 mat as an urgent aid.
Heavy rain affected several areas along the Red Sea coast (eastern Egypt) over 27-30 October causing floods. Approx. 51 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Hurguada over 27-28 October.
Local media, as of 31 October early morning (UTC), reported that at least 22 people dead and at least 72 people injured in the Red Sea governorate. Most affected has been the municipality of Ras Gharib.
Over the next 24 h no more heavy rain is forecast for the country.