The floods in Morocco

Floods in the Casablanca area have killed 30 in the last two days.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.

The Sinai floods

Sinai floods

Over the last two weeks severe floods killed several people in Sinai. Lina Attallah of al-Masri al-Youm has a slideshow up on Flickr of the damage. The paper also has a story that refugees from the floods were moved ahead of a visit by Suzanne Mubarak:

Victims of the torrential flooding that inundated the city of Arish two weeks ago in the northern Sinai Peninsula were forced by police to evacuate their makeshift tents during a visit Sunday by First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

The media, meanwhile, was barred from covering the visit, while the road from the airport to municipality headquarters--where Mrs. Mubarak met with the governor of North Sinai--was closed completely.

"They left us here with no food or water," said Raqia, who lost her home to the recent floods.  "And now they want to move us out."