Tuesday 12 October 2021
Books – Muhammad Nassar:
On Monday, separate areas of Cairo governorate witnessed rain of varying intensity accompanied by lightning and thunder.
The rain that fell yesterday did not affect traffic or the movement of citizens within the capital.
Cairo Governorate had prepared a plan in advance to deal immediately with any violent rain waves or torrential rains, in preparation for weather fluctuations in the fall and winter seasons.
The plan included the following:
1- Raising the state of readiness to face the rainy season.
2- Immediate dealing with the climatic changes that the country may witness during the coming period.
3- Connecting the central operations room in the governorate with open telephone lines with the Meteorological Authority to know the weather throughout the day.
4- Notifying all neighborhoods around the clock to move quickly when necessary to avoid crises, while linking all neighborhood operations rooms to the central operating room to deal immediately with any emergency.
5- Coordination between the Hygiene and Sanitation Authority and the heads of neighborhoods to ensure the complete disinfection of the 20,452 rainwater drainage sewers spread throughout the capital’s streets and areas.
6- 2,146 new drains were built this year.
7- Take all necessary measures to conduct field experiments to ensure the preparations of these sewers to receive rain when it occurs and to raise the efficiency of neighborhood suction cups.
8- Alert the cleaners to ensure the cleanliness of rain sewers and not to throw garbage and dust into them.
9- Follow-up on the readiness of sewage stations in terms of operation, raising their efficiency and periodic maintenance.
10- Coordination with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation towards taking measures to purify the flood cesspits and periodic follow-up to remove any waste in it in coordination with the neighborhoods in which there are spills (Helwan, Al-Masara, Al-Tebeen, Tora, Maadi and May 15th) and to ensure the preparations of these evacuees to receive the expected floods if they occur.
11- Coordination with central lighting officials and neighborhood lighting officials to review exposed wires and cables and the speed of their coverage in order to ensure the life and safety of citizens, and coordinate with electricity companies to isolate electricity kiosks and ensure that they are closed tightly.
12- A tight plan for the rapid deployment of equipment and emergency teams to be present on the streets of the capital to face any emergency or water gathering in any location through coordination between neighborhoods and the branches of the sewage company, the Cairo Water Company, and the Authority for Hygiene, Civil Protection and Utilities.
13- Implementation of the governorate plan that was developed to distribute giant straws, fountains, and modern motors in the main axes, houses, bridges, tunnels and rain-gathering areas, according to the forecasts of the Meteorological Authority, and ensure the maintenance of the hoods available in neighborhoods to facilitate the removal of any water gatherings in a way that does not affect the regularity of traffic or the closure of streets.
14- Communicating with the Central Operations Room in the Diwan to respond quickly to any reports or complaints related to the places where the water collects.
15- Preparing relief, shelter and subsistence plans in preparation for dealing with any potential crises in coordination with the directorates of youth, sports, social solidarity, catering, ambulance and health.
16- For the Public Transport Authority, an emergency plan is prepared to support the Metro Authority with the necessary buses in the event of a metro line being stopped and disrupted due to heavy rains.
17- Coordinating with the traffic to prepare alternative itineraries, follow up on roads and axes that are exposed to torrential rains, close and divert roads in case they are exposed to torrential rains, and provide auxiliary guide signs to facilitate the movement of citizens and facilitate the access of equipment to places of rain accumulation.