Irrigation Ministry declares flood alert

The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources declared a state of high alert on Thursday in advance of what are predicted to be heavy rains and floods, according to state meteorological agency reports.

Irrigation Minister Mohamed Bahaa Eddin said the alert is in effect for all departments, who must take measures to protect water networks and waterways against the potential floods.

The minister added he gave orders to department heads to carry out maintenance procedures and safety checks.

The Irrigation Ministry utilizes an early warning system in different governorates of Upper Egypt, Sinai and the Red Sea to predict floods from 24 to 72 hours in advance using satellite imagery and digital terrestrial stations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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