6 die as harsh weather persists in Egypt

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Cairo – Six people have died in accidents related to worst weather to hit Egypt in years, local media reported on Friday.

Heavy rains and dust storms lashed several parts of country for the second straight day on Friday, forcing people to stay indoors and prompting authorities to close some motorways.

At least two people were electrocuted on Thursday after they touched lampposts in flooded streets in separate accidents in Egypt’s western province of New Valley and the Nile Delta province of Menufiya, private newspaper al-Masri al-Youm reported.

A third died in coastal city of Suez after he was swept away by wind as he was fixing a rooftop satellite dish.

Two others separately died in torrential rains in southern provinces of Qena and Sohag.

A sixth died after his car veered a slippery road and plunged into a canal in Qena, according to report.

Images on Egyptian media showed billboards, lampposts and trees knocked down by high-speed winds.

government closed educational institutions nationwide and gave all employees Thursday due to the erratic weather that the state meteorological office said would continue until Saturday.

Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country.

The government has urged the people to stay at home for safety.

Cairo authorities cut water supplies in the megacity due to the bad weather, saying the drainage system could not cope with the unusually huge rainfall.