The Water Resources and Irrigation Ministry said Thursday it has raised the state of alert to the maximum in preparation for possible torrential rains in parts of Egypt.
In a statement, the ministry said an early alert system would be used in Upper Egypt, Sinai and along the Red Sea to predict rainfall 24 to 72 hours beforehand. The system relies on satellite channels and other tools.
Irrigation Minister Mohamed Bahaa Eddin told the press that governorates and local councils have worked with the ministry to pinpoint villages and residential areas that could face problems in the event of heavy rain.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm