Written by By Ola Ajayi, Special to CNN
The capital of central Egypt has been hit by the worst daytime rainstorm in years, leaving a trail of destruction and trapping residents in homes as they battled to escape swarms of scorpions.
The capital Cairo, which often suffers from political upheaval, often suffers from low rainfall; this week, however, only half a percent of its typical rainfall fell in two days.
Prolonged heavy rainfall inundated low-lying areas and fell on roads that were quickly blocked by fallen trees and sewage, leaving hundreds stranded in their homes.
“It feels like hell,” said one resident to BBC Arabic.
Local media reported that at least two people had died in the storm, and at least 40 more people were injured.
Local media say at least three people were killed in the flooding. Credit: AISHA KISERAHI/AFP/Getty Images
Though local residents reported scorpions were frequently in circulation, many had fled their homes and were now trapped.
Parts of the capital, which averages 15 to 20 mm of rainfall per day, received 18 to 24 mm in 48 hours. The city’s famous pyramids are a location notorious for swarms of scorpions.
#Photos: A scared man walks away from the flooded street in Cairo. Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man wearing a beekeeper’s mask makes his way through the flooded streets of Cairo. Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
The rainfall caused chaos in the city and the situation was compounded by the fact that floods usually occur during the dry season in June and July.
This time it was in the spring.