DUBAI: Heavy rain hit Cairo on Tuesday resulting in floods across the city, leaving residence stranded.
A video was circulated over social media showing a bulldozer carrying people to help them get to the other side of the road that was flooded by the rain.
عديني يا بلدوزر كده pic.twitter.com/bzzqvOsoMR
— Nabil (@aNabbil) October 22, 2019
Scenes of large pools of water were spread among Cairo’s districts including Heliopolis, Nasr city and Salah Salem.
Pictures of people swimming in the puddles were shared on social media. Other images showed floating boxed packages while others pretended to fish in the streams of water gushing down the streets.
just left cairo & this happened if a few hrs of rain does this what will rising sea levels do......pic.twitter.com/8NnniXFVsJ
— Alia ElKattan (@aliaelkattan) October 22, 2019
The weather also caused flight delays, and heavy traffic across the city’s busiest roads, Egypt local press reported.
Flooding on roads heading to Cairo’s International Airport caused severe delays for flight passengers.
In response to the weather conditions, EgyptAir delayed departure time for flights until the maximum number of passengers arrive at the airport.
“The airline has decided to delay the departure of some flights due to the heavy rains, until the arrival of the maximum amount of passengers booked for these flights, to preserve the rights of our customers,” EgyptAir said in a statement.
The flood caused Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to give schools and universities in Cairo a day off on Wednesday, as more rain is expected.
In response to the prime minister’s announcement, Egyptian influencer and university student, Mohamed Tarek, shared a video on Facebook expressing his joy after hearing the news.
Authorities in Cairo deployed several vacuum trucks to clear the roads.
The Egyptian Meteorological Authority had sent out weather warnings earlier this week, with expectations of weather disruptions across the country from Monday to Friday.