November 28, 2021

In Egypt, torrential rains cause four deaths and 500 scorpion stings

Four people have died in southern Egypt, which has been gripped by unprecedented heavy rains in recent days, officials said. “It had been eleven years since we had recorded such an amount of rain and this is the result of global climate change”, said Khaled Qassem, an official of the local development ministry, Tuesday (November 16th).

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On “Fifty-five minutes”, in the night from Friday to Saturday, “8 million cubic meters of water” fell on the province of Aswan, 650 km south of Cairo, detailed the governor, Ashraf Attiya, on state television. According to the health ministry, four people died when their homes collapsed in the rain and hailstones. A total of 106 houses were washed away and more than 300 partially damaged, according to the governor.

In addition to cutting off the water and electricity in some areas, the rains brought out many scorpions and “More than 500 people were stung”, announced the governorate on its Facebook page. In comments, residents said to each other “Surrounded by scorpions and snakes”saying to worry about “Children and the elderly”. There are four or five types of scorpions in the Egyptian desert, whose stings can cause high fevers, but no deaths from a scorpion sting have been recorded, the health ministry said.

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Already in the winter of 2020, rains and floods had killed around twenty people in the country. These bad weather in Egypt – which will host the COP27 on the climate in 2022 – occurred while the COP26 gave birth to a text deemed lukewarm because it does not guarantee to contain the warming to 1.5 ° C and does not meet the demands of aid from poor countries.

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The World with AFP