Heavy rains and intense flooding in Egypt have claimed the lives of at least 15 people and left more than 50 others injured.
According to a statement released by the country’s Health Ministry on Saturday, at least six people were killed and 24 others wounded early on Friday when two buses and three cars overturned in floods on a highway in the eastern province of Sohag, some 500 kilometers south of the capital Cairo.
Elsewhere in the town of Ras Gharib, in the eastern Red Sea province, at least seven people lost their lives and 23 others sustained injuries.
Two other people were also electrocuted by lightning in Fayed, in the northeastern province of Ismailia.
Reports also said at least seven people were wounded in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai province after their vehicles were swept away by intense flooding.
The torrential rains, which began late on Wednesday, coupled with exceptionally high winds, have forced the authorities to shut four sea ports in Suez and Port Said provinces and to close some schools and main roads.
According to Egypt’s official meteorological agency, the heavy rains are expected to last at least until Saturday.
Upper Egypt and Red Sea mountainous regions, impoverished areas with poor infrastructure, receive torrential downpours annually in late October and early November.