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Egypt Prepares for Flood Season

Egypt Prepares for Flood Season

Monday, 21 September, 2020 - 08:15
An aerial view shows the River Nile before sunset in the Helwan suburb south of the Egyptian capital Cairo on June 20, 2020. (AFP)

Egyptian authorities are on alert for the upcoming flood season, which will start soon, said Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati.

Abdel Ati met on Sunday with the permanent Committee for Regulating the Revenue of the Nile River and urged the need to continuously follow up on possible flooding.

Nile waters are higher than average this season.

Mohamed El-Sebaei, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, said the flood season began in August and will last three months.

Flooding will likely begin soon, he said, adding that the ministry was monitoring the accumulation of water at the Aswan High Dam on a daily basis. The ministry has already started the regular maintenance of 117 flood drains.

He said the ministry has spent 600 Egyptian pounds in the past six years to increase protection against floods.

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