With the fluctuations of the weather and bad weather, especially in the winter, the streets of the governorates turn into death traps, where there are frequent incidents of shocking citizens due to light poles and electricity kiosks with exposed wires, as well as car accidents as a result of road designs that do not conform to specifications, and trees and banners hanging loosely remain As an imminent danger when it falls on the heads of passers-by.
These tragic conditions reveal the neglect of the coup government, the corruption of localities, and its disregard for safety and security measures and factors to protect citizens, although avoiding such disasters requires only a vigilant conscience for every official in his region.
These measures should not wait until the bad weather season arrives, as they are like precautionary measures that must be followed up constantly, making sure that trees, billboards and light poles withstand the wind and rain.
For his part, Amer Hassan, an electrician, said, “Electricity cables are exposed in the streets, explaining that it is known that electricity and water never agree, and pose a great danger to the safety of citizens.”
He demanded to know how to deal with electricity tasks in these bad climatic conditions, due to heavy rains in various governorates, so as not to be exposed to disasters that may kill citizens, and to stop wrong habits during rain and floods in order to avoid disasters and victims.
Amer added, by virtue of my work as an electrician, I appeal to all Egyptians not to approach electrical tasks in the streets, whether kiosks or lighting poles, and not to rush to cover the lighting poles with paper or plastic cartons during rain, calling not to touch electrical tasks in case the water level rises above the ground. And turning them into puddles, and not taking the initiative to solve the problem when noticing the presence of exposed electrical wires or light poles.
Muhammad Karam, 53, a worker from Bulaq al-Dakrour, said, “After the rain falls, the streets of the area turn into pools of water and seas of mud in which the elderly and children fall because of their inability to walk in the mud.”
He stressed that the cause of this crisis are the neighborhood officials who are reluctant to withdraw rainwater.
He pointed out that all Egyptians complain about the accumulation of rainwater in the streets, which turns into seas of mud, in addition to the hills of garbage.
And Maryam Muhammad, 37, a housewife from Al-Warraq, said that the deteriorating condition of the streets due to the accumulation of rainwater has prevented students from going to schools, in addition to the dangers of electricity poles, and we hear a lot about the shocking of exposed wires to passersby.
She added, my young son fell into the rain water and ruptured his shoulder ligaments after diagnosing the specialist who prevented him from moving, and warned him not to carry the school bag on the shoulder until after receiving the appropriate treatment, so I prevented my children from going to school, so that one of them does not suffer from the consequences of the rain .
And she demanded Al-Warraq neighborhood to intervene to solve the crisis facing the people of the region and the children in particular while they go to school, in order to preserve their lives and their educational future.
Dr. Hamdi Arafa, a local administration expert, warned against ignoring the dangers of rainy times, stressing the importance of being fully prepared to take advantage of rainwater.
“Last year, the amount of rain that fell in less than two hours on a quarter of Cairo’s area alone exceeded 670,000 cubic kilometres, and this water must be used, through the work of smugglers and fisheries, especially on the northern coast, starting from Alexandria to Matrouh and Salloum,” he said.
Arafa added in press statements, “Neglecting the consequences of bad weather will cause an administrative and local disaster and lock people up in homes. Overcoming the crisis will be through the work of a rain network in the places most exposed to torrential rains and improving the sewage network in the governorates.”
He pointed out the need to review all estuaries for water drainage and appeal to all clubs and hotels overlooking the Corniche in the governorates not to close these estuaries, stressing the need to develop a strategic plan to deal with the file of torrents and rain, and the spread of ponds in the streets.
Arafa stressed that there are factors other than rain and torrential rain that cause damage to the streets and threaten the safety of citizens, such as trees falling on pedestrians and huge billboards that have become crowded in Cairo and Giza, especially highways and the ring road.
Sami Mukhtar, an occupational safety expert, called for the need to stay away from electrical tasks in the streets, whether lighting poles, kiosks or cables, and in the case of exposed electrical wires, it is forbidden to approach them completely, in addition to not touching electrical devices and electrical plugs when entering the house if the clothes are wet, and awareness must be made. Young children in particular, not to touch any of the electrical tasks during the rain.
Mukhtar stressed in press statements that the risks of road accidents in rainy weather increase significantly, especially in the late night hours and early morning, as many pedestrians and motorists face difficulty in walking on the roads and should beware of walking next to trees and billboards, due to the recurrence of accidents in the years. The latter is a result of strong winds and rain.
He advised to follow a set of important steps to avoid the risks of accidents and to see the road better, explaining that there are tips for motorists, including to walk slowly when it rains, to maintain the stability and balance of the car, as the water on the road makes the ground smooth and makes the car slip easier, and check the windshield wipers. And the rear at the beginning of the winter season, to ensure their safety, replace them if they are damaged, and check the car tires, because they are your only means of connection to the road.
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, professor of transportation and road engineering at Helwan University, stressed the need for there to be a plan to confront the crisis of flooding streets and roads as a result of rain, through the work of water drains on both sides of the road to prevent its gathering, explaining that with the onset of winter, an urgent emergency plan must be made in each governorate to manage Street flooding crises, by immediately opening sewers to prevent water from collecting on road networks, and developing a plan for drains, provided that the necessary inclinations for roads are made in accordance with the design and plan developed for the roads.
Ibrahim said in a press statement, “There are ways to cope with rain and torrential rain, the first of which is the rough interventions and the implementation and preparation of the infrastructure by rehabilitating the flood drains, and there are areas that need to establish handicap dams aimed at breaking the power of the water and reducing its risks on the valley and the existing houses, and there are diversion dams with the aim of diverting the water course. From residential blocks, crops, valleys, and human gatherings, and here, it turns to banks, canals, or large reservoirs.
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