Egypt: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) (MDREG013)


Situation analysis

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.

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.

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.