Egypt - Middle East

Death toll from Egypt storms rises

Reuters

Rain and sandstorms that hit Egypt over the weekend killed at least 31 people, officials said on Monday. They said that the toll could rise further as rescue workers continue to work at two collapsed buildings.

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On Monday, the bodies of six workers were pulled from the debris of a six-story textile factory that collapsed in the northern city of Alexandria the day before. Another worker who was hurt in the incident died of his injuries. 

Officials said that rescue workers were still looking for about a dozen workers who
are thought to be trapped under the building. 

In the Nile Delta city of Tanta, a child was killed and nine people were hurt when a five-storey residential building came down on Sunday, leaving one person trapped under the rubble.

Twenty people were also killed and more than 40 injured in road accidents across Egypt on Sunday. The accidents were blamed on poor visibility from heavy rains and sandstorms.

Egypt's main ports in Alexandria and the Red Sea, which had been closed due to high winds, reopened on Monday. 

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