Egypt floods
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Vehicles drive along a flooded portion of the ring-road highway that encircles the Egyptian capital Cairo and it's twin city of Giza, in Giza on 12 March 2020, amdist a heavy rain storm.
The Egyptian government has declared a state of emergency as the North African country braces for heavy thunderstorms and rain from Thursday to Saturday, Egypt Today reported.

Egypt's meteorological authority warned citizens of a wave of unstable weather that was set to hit the country on Thursday, 12 March 2020.

Citizens urged to heed warnings

Citizens have been advised to wear heavy clothes and refrain from participating in maritime activities, and from speeding on the roads. The call was made by Mahmoud Shaheen, the director of the country's weather forecasting department.

During a press conference on Wednesday, housing, utilities and urban communities minister Essam el-Gazzar said that demand on drinking water would be reduced in some areas and may be cut off if necessary, Egypt Today reported.

According to, Egypt's cabinet also issued a directive to temporarily close schools and universities across the country on Thursday due to the inclement weather.

Areas at risk

Egypt Today reported that the country will experience thunder and heavy rains along the northern coasts and lower Egypt, extending to the Suez Canal and the Suez Gulf.

According to the meteorological authority, the country can expect rainfall of between 60 and 70 millimetres.

A sandstorm is also forecast to hit the southern parts of the country, while a decline in temperatures is expected on Friday in the region of the Red Sea governorate, and South Sinai, according to the weather authority.

African News Agency; editing by Desiree Erasmus