Rain and sandstorms that battered Egypt at the weekend killed at least 31 people. Officials said Monday, that the toll could rise as rescue workers were still sifting through two collapsed buildings.
A six floor textile factory collapsed in Alexandria. (Reuters)
The bodies of six workers were pulled out Monday of the debris of a six-storey textile factory that crumpled on Sunday in Alexandria. Earlier three bodies had been found. One worker among 10 who had been wounded also died of his injuries. About a dozen workers are still missing.
In the Nile Delta city of Tanta, a child was killed and nine people hurt when a five-storey residential building came down on Sunday. One person is still trapped under the rubble.
Twenty people were killed and more than 40 injured in road accidents Sunday across Egypt blamed on poor visibility from heavy rains and sandstorms, officials said.
Meanwhile, a tug boat was trying to pull to safety on Monday an Italian cargo ship stranded off Egypt's northwestern coast with 21 crew on board and 38 containers of toxic paint and resins. Egypt's main ports in Alexandria and the Red Sea reopened on Monday a day after authorities closed them. Also traffic at the Suez Canal was restored after north-bound traffic had been limited.