Thunder In Egypt kill 15 People

A car drives down a flooded street in Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Around 15 people were killed and 47 others injured as heavy rain and thunder hit Egypt, official Ahram Online reported Friday.

The report said that seven people were killed and 23 others injured in the town of Ras Gharib in the Red Sea Governorate, some 450 km southeast of Cairo.

Schools in the coastal town were indefinitely suspended due to the flooding caused by the rain.

Meanwhile, six were killed and 24 others wounded early Friday when two buses and three other vehicles overturned in floods on a highway in the governorate of Sohag, 500 km south of Cairo.

Authorities closed the road in both directions as many vehicles were trapped in the floods.

Ambulances were rushed to the scene.

Another two people were killed by electric shocks resulting from thunder in Fayed in the Suez Canal governorate of Ismailiya, north of Cairo.

Heavy rain caused flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Impoverished areas with poor infrastructure have been worse hit.

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