Storm in Egypt kills 3, sends swarms of scorpions into people’s homes

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Scorpions and scorpions invade homes after severe rainfall triggers flash floods in Cairo

Storm in Egypt kills 3, sends swarms of scorpions into people’s homes

Three people were killed and hundreds of scorpions have invaded the homes of residents in central Egypt after flash floods caused by torrential rainstorms flooded rivers and streets.

Egypt’s health ministry said rescuers had saved 31 other people after 44 houses were flooded and seven were destroyed in the flash flood that swept through Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday night.

Some of the people trapped inside, some of whom were children, called rescue workers who used a crane to remove the trapped from the flooded homes.

Heavy rainfall caused the Suez canal to overflow in Alexandria, where high waters swept cars off roads and swept away cars and trucks parked on highway bridges. The army was called to restore order.

Many of the homes in the flood-ravaged area are completely submerged in water, leaving families unable to wash clothes or dress, or even count their dead.

Monsoon rains in Cairo are common in the summer months but the floods have hit especially hard this year. In a separate incident, a car bomb ripped through a military checkpoint in northern Sinai on Wednesday evening, killing at least two soldiers and wounding 12.

Egypt’s military spokesman, Colonel Tamer el-Rifai, wrote on his official Twitter account that seven people had been killed during the storm.

Rifai did not elaborate and later posted pictures of floods in Cairo, which he said have affected more than 70,000 people.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a recent car bomb that killed at least nine people in the Egyptian capital, saying in a statement posted on the group’s Amaq news agency that the attack was carried out in revenge for air strikes targeting the group’s factions in Sinai.

The deadliest terror attack in the Arab world’s most populous country was a bombing outside the Russian charter airline’s passenger terminal at the St Petersburg airport in October 2017 that killed all 34 people killed.

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