Oct 26, 2015

Egypt: Alexandria flooding may be new norm due to climate change

Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate
Egypt
by
Renee Lewis
,
Al Jazeera
Rainstorms that killed six are  likely to increase in coming decades in vulnerable Mediterranean port city. Photo: AP
Rainstorms that killed six are likely to increase in coming decades in vulnerable Mediterranean port city. Photo: AP

An unseasonable rainstorm in the Egyptian city of Alexandria dumped nearly 10 inches of rain in two days last week, killing six people and turning the Mediterranean port city’s streets into rushing rivers...The two-day, 10-inch total was five times the amount of rain the city normally experiences in all of October. Aside from ageing infrastructure, others pointed to climate change as a major culprit...Such flooding could become the norm in Alexandria, the World Bank has warned. It put Alexandria among the five cities across the world most at risk of flooding by 2050 as a result of climate change.