Nine people have died of heat and sun-stroke in the southern part of Egypt in the past week as a result of the worst heat-wave in at least a decade, police and other sources said. A 64-year-old British woman tourist was amongst the victims, the police added.
British consular officials were trying to confirm the report of her death after AFP sought details. Police said eight Egyptians died in the governorate of Qena, just north of the pharaonic temple city of Luxor, while 74 other people were taken to hospital for symptoms of heat stroke, the police added.
The Egyptian meteorological service said that, between July 26 and August 2, the North African country of Egypt had been hit by a heat wave running at least ten degrees Celsius above average. Temperatures have hit 44 degrees in the capital of Cairo and 48 degrees in Luxor, the worst levels in at least a decade, meteorologist Fawzi Ghoneim said. (Albawaba.com)