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8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

Ministry of Health: 255 people were killed and injured due to floods and rain

(09 / August / 2020)

The Ministry of Public Health and Population announced that 255 people were killed and injured due to floods and rains in various governorates.

The operations of the Ministry of Health indicated in a statement that the number of victims of the recent rains and floods in the capital and the governorates who were transferred to hospitals reached 131 deaths and 124 injured.

The statement indicated that 106 houses and private and public facilities were totally damaged and 156 partially damaged until August 7, including those swept away by the floods or destroyed as a result of the heavy rains.

He pointed out that one of the most important reasons for these tragedies is the reckless dealings by many victims with floods, so they continue moving in the rain with their vehicles, which often leads to sweeping their cars, or swimming in dams and water barriers and streams, which leads to drowning.

According to the statement, among the reasons is also the random construction in the streams and paths of flood waters, which was matched by the negligence of monitoring in this aspect during the past decades and the lack of proper urban planning in many areas, in addition to the failure to restore many old houses that were affected by the heavy rains.

The Ministry called on citizens to be careful and not to swim at all in dams, streams of torrents and barriers, as they are unsafe areas and their waters are unstable, and their waters contain materials that were washed away by torrents such as waste, stones and dust, which leads to the drowning of many who swim in them.

The ministry also called on everyone not to move between governorates except for the most necessary or in the morning hours, which often do not have rain and torrents, are less severe, as well as not to risk moving during the torrents, whatever the reasons, and to wait until the intensity of the torrential rains subsides.

The ministry also called for staying away from dams and water barriers when going to it for tourism with children and women and not trying to rescue any drowning people unless the rescuer was specialized in that task because there are many cases that died due to the improper rescue attempt.

The statement called on local councils and the relevant authorities to take the necessary measures to protect citizens, whether by restoration or expansion of torrential streams, or by making iron and concrete barriers on dams and water barriers, educating visitors and preventing them from swimming, as well as transferring the markets that were built on the streams, re-planning residential areas and preventing construction on agricultural land. .