A wide wave of anger swept the social media platforms in Egypt, after the losses caused by the torrential rains in Alexandria and some governorates on Friday, killing 6 people and drowning many streets and homes.
Activists on social media circulated pictures and videos showing the streets and squares of Alexandria submerged in rainwater, in a scene that has been repeated frequently in recent years. As a result of the continued deterioration of the infrastructure, despite the fact that the authority claims to spend huge sums of up to 4 trillion pounds to repair it.
– Mohamed Taha 2 (@ Mohamed09125489) November 20, 2020
– Ahmed Abu Arab (@Ahmed_Abo_Arab) November 20, 2020
While the governor and his aides appeared in the main streets and high-end areas to get rid of the torrential water that flooded them, clips were published showing the distress of Egyptian citizens in the popular neighborhoods of Alexandria after their homes and shops were drowned, amid officials’ neglect.
Tweeters indicated that the wave of bad weather comes at a predetermined date, without officials offering any radical solutions, except for talking about the unexpected amount of rain.
No one feels the infrastructure problems like the one who worked in it and knows what it is that it is dilapidated and there is no clear and real maintenance plan and it is the cattle of our Lord
Before joining the current party, I dreamed that I would reform the infrastructure, but when I saw the reality, I was seriously shocked
The amendment needs a lot of work#Alexandria #rain
– Ahmed Shawky (@ ASAY082) November 20, 2020
A country that you do not know how to spend a little water in one of its most important and most famous cities and every year they work in surprise … with your responsibility, this is a country that you will take one step. pic.twitter.com/xLgkwpM4dD
– Islam Jaber (@ islamjaber77) November 20, 2020
I don’t understand him, it means Mr.Governor of Alexandria
I don’t do my account. This is a disaster every year. Why is it not the first year that happens throughout the summer? You don’t work, why drainage and water savings?
Zi Brdo Makan Sayib people
On the beaches in the high end, what Corona
The country was lost, and the beaches did not walk except when they attacked it, after what he said: What did they do?
– Girl Asm (@Gamila _____ 7000) November 20, 2020
Tweeters chose another corner to comment on the torrents, as they denounced the waste of these large quantities of water without plans for state agencies to take advantage of it.
Activists considered that the rains of goodness that people await have turned with corruption in Egypt into ruin, death and drowning.
Rain in any country is considered a great blessing from our Lord, especially since it comes at its usual annual time and with the same regular quantities except in Egypt every year. We are surprised by it and hit a sum of money. No one thought about how we can benefit from this water. #Alexandria
– khaled salah (@ khaleds13650361) November 20, 2020
The question remains that has baffled 100 million Egyptians
Why are these backward people wasting rainwater and not benefiting from it while building sewage treatment and seawater desalination plants? Https://t.co/z0zH7QBYJV#Med_Umar #Alexandria
Haytham Abokhalil (@ haythamabokhal1) November 20, 2020
Rain is better in all this world, but we have ruined homes#Alexandria https://t.co/ZFIabsVMKu
– Amr Bey I (@ 3_mR_02) November 20, 2020
The rain alone is sufficient to reveal the extent of the corruption of the military regime in Egypt
The rain that we considered our life as good and livelihood, they turned with their corruption into drowning, house collapses, electrocution and death
– Islam Akl (@islamakel) November 20, 2020
Bridges or septic tanks?
A number of activists compared the interest of the President of the Republic, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in the projects of establishing the new administrative capital, and building a large number of bridges, in exchange for ignoring urgent infrastructure problems such as sewage and rainwater drainage, although it is a chronic problem in which dozens of innocent people are killed annually.
Activists reminded Sisi’s statement in November 2019 that the state had spent more than 4 trillion pounds (about $ 250 billion) on the country’s infrastructure, without showing any tangible improvement.
News in Masrawy newspaper entitled
“The infrastructure in the administrative capital is conquering rain and climate change.”
= Medicine and Egypt that is drowning, oh man ?!
You drown and do not become deceived in 60 shrewd things pic.twitter.com/z0JZir78vD
The Egyptian ✪ (@EL___mesry) November 20, 2020
The two children in the picture, Doll (Ali and Hamza), died today with their grandmother, after the house collapsed on them because of the torrents in #Alexandria 😥
Not improving the living conditions that people lived in were a million times more important than palaces # Sisi Who wasted the country’s wealth and debt for 100 years ?!#Alexandria pic.twitter.com/mQ2OdOc0uV
Massad Al-Barbari | Albarbary (@ albarbary6) November 20, 2020
Every year, it becomes clear what corruption, neglect, mischief and lack of concern for the lives and property of people is
Where is the infrastructure, where is the right for services to be consumed in Voltaire, electricity and water?
Each farmer has new roads and bridges
And until the time of the winter, the projects are already in place to boil eggs in a simple way pic.twitter.com/5qnybrJz1i
– Ma ح moud Guevara (@ gevoo07) November 20, 2020
What happens p #Alexandria Annually prove
The 4 trillion pounds that were said to have been poured onto the infrastructure is completely unfounded … the system of thieves is not bothered.
– 🇵🇸 Omran 🇪🇬 (@ mahmoudomran29) November 20, 2020
And when you see the streets submerged in water and turned into lakes due to a little rain, remember that Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced that he spent 4 trillion pounds on infrastructure!#Alexandria https://t.co/hTFYR3dwMf
– Selim Azzouz (@ selimazouz1) November 20, 2020
Tweeters indicated that the regime has no intention to solve this problem, under the pretext of the high cost, referring to the statements of a cabinet spokesman in October 2019 that the cost of establishing a rain drainage network in Greater Cairo only requires 300 billion pounds, which is not commensurate with With heavy rains in just a day or two throughout the year, he said.
The government: In order to create a drainage network, I need 300 billion pounds, and schools and hospitals are first of them
– Yes, Pasha, let you destroy the houses that fall and the people who are electrifying in the street and the countries that are drowning and spend on education and health that are similar to what they have said every year #Alexandria
– Abdullah Nadi (@ Abdullahnadi99) November 20, 2020
Justifications and atrocities
Some commentators on the communication sites ridiculed the officials’ justifications whenever a similar disaster occurred, recalling the authority’s announcement in 2015 of the arrest of what it described as a terrorist organization to block the Alexandria sinks.
While others ruled out that those responsible for this recurring disaster would be held accountable, and they expected that the authority would be satisfied with flimsy justifications and scandals that exempt from accountability for failure, while the procedures do not go beyond giving leave and urging citizens to stick to their homes and not leave, without there being a radical solution to this the crisis.
– Mahmoud saifeldin (@ Mahmoudsaifeld1) November 20, 2020
Happen in # Egypt_Sisi If it had happened in any civilized country, governments would have resigned, investigations opened, cases and trials brought
However, the guarantor in Egypt is a scarecrow: Brotherhood / Terrorism / Qatar / Turkey / Hamas / People of Evil / Fourth Generation Wars
It is the guarantor who is exempt from liability for any failure at any time and in any place
– ΛLΛFΛПDI (@AL_AFAND_DI) November 20, 2020
– The free girl of Egypt (@ Pent4Egy25) November 20, 2020