Cairo, A total of 87 people were killed and 302 hospitalized due to a massive heatwave in Egypt, the health ministry said on Friday.Eleven people, mostly elderly, died on Thursday raising the total toll to 87.
The 302 people were admitted to hospitals in the governorates of Cairo, Qena, Sohag, Giza, Qalioubiya and Assuit due to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, Hossam Abdel-Ghafer, health ministry spokesman told Al Ahram news.
One hundred and forty two people were treated, while 149 are still under observation.
According to meteorological department officials, the heat wave is expected to continue until the end of August.
Egypt says archeologists working at a dig in Cairo have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back up to 4,000 years.
The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday that the artifacts were the latest finds in eastern Cairo’s Matariya neighborhood.
Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent.
Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, the head of the mission, says one inscription points to Atum, an important and frequently mentioned god, as being responsible for the flooding of the Nile River in the Late Period, from 664-332 B.C.
Egypt frequently announces archaeological discoveries, hoping this will spur interest in its ancient treasures and revive tourism, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising. (VOA)