Community Foundation for South Sinai:
I have had to cancel my trip to Sinai as there has been catastrophic
flooding in the last 48 hours. I'm told at least 40 people have lost
their lives. Wadi Feiran has been practically washed away by a 3m wall
of water travelling at 200Km per hour.
The road is completely blocked
and impassable in both directions. The St Katherine area is thus
effectively cut off; wells ruined, electric cables washed away, no gas
cylinders left, all firewood wet, and it's been raining and/or snowing
all day and is now -3. Many people have lost their homes. They need
blankets, bedding and food.
We're approaching everyone who has given to
us in the past in Egypt, to try to secure some immediate relief
(Mohammed and Faraj can move small-scale supplies, even though it took
Mohammed six hours to cross Wadi Feiran yesterday).
From here the best
we can do right now is pray for everyone who is suffering in the cold.
With Egypt racked by tension and the eyes of the international community
on Syria, Mali etc, the plight of our Bedouin friends is unlikely to
attract much attention - so if you care about Sinai and the Bedu, please
please contact Mohamed Gouda on 01224888018 he is organizing to send supplies