Rainstorm kills 15, leaves 47 others injured in Egypt

Around 15 people were killed and 47 others injured as heavy rain and thunder hit Egypt, official Ahram Online reported Friday.

The report said that seven people were killed and 23 others injured in the town of Ras Gharib in the Red Sea Governorate, some 450 km southeast of Cairo.

Schools in the coastal town were indefinitely suspended due to the flooding caused by the rain.

Meanwhile, six were killed and 24 others wounded early Friday when two buses and three other vehicles overturned in floods on a highway in the governorate of Sohag, 500 km south of Cairo.

Authorities closed the road in both directions as many vehicles were trapped in the floods.

Ambulances were rushed to the scene.

Another two people were killed by electric shocks resulting from thunder in Fayed in the Suez Canal governorate of Ismailiya, north of Cairo.

Heavy rain caused flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Impoverished areas with poor infrastructure have been worse hit.

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