17 October 2013

Egypt: State of Emergency Announced in Giza to Control Canal Water Leak

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Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel Motleb announced a state of emergency in Giza governorate after the collapse of a chunk of the right levee of Al Saf canal, causing torrents of water to gush towards neighboring lands and some nearby homes, according to a ministry's statement on Tuesday 15/10/2013.

The minister gave orders to all engineers and technicians to be available all through Eid vacation at the leakage site to make necessary restoration of the collapsed bank and discharge water leaks to the nearest spillway to protect lands and homes in the area. The minister also ordered lowering water level in the canal to mitigate leaks.

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