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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Tropical storm and floods in Sharm El Sheikh Red Sea Egypt


Fork Lightening hits Sharm


Multiple Strikes

Wading through the aftermath in Old Market

Water Taxi?

With the foundations washed away the steps down to Ras Katy area collapse.


It was on Sunday evening 17 January 2010 a tropical storm hit Sharm El Shiekh. There was thunder and lightening which lasted for several hours and with it very heavy rainfall that caused destructive flooding.
The storm and the rain took out much of Sharm's power and phone lines.
As this amount of rain fall is very unusual, it disabled Sharm just like a heavy snow fall disables the UK.

This photo was taken two days after the storm and shows some of the aftermath. There are reports of differing degrees of damage and hardship in the Sharm area.


With no drains in the gutters, flood water is still held in parts making passing very difficult.

A taxi passes very carefully at the shallow end!


The authorities cancelled all diving activities on Monday as there were still high winds forecast.
I remember heavy rain in October 2002. Perhaps the thunder and lightning wasn't so dramatic but the flooding then was very bad in places but things got back to normal very quickly.
Since the phone lines are back on we have had reports that the new road to Dahab has been washed away.
A big clean up is underway and its now business as usual in Sharm.
There will be further reports on how the reefs have been affected by the run off.
Look on Red Sea News http://www.elite-diving.com/

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