Heavy rains hit South Sinai on the 12th of September 2015, resulting in floods all across the peninsula, and there is a warning for more storms to come in the next 3 days. Travel by road will be affected during this time and probably for some more days after the rains stopped. Enquire locally if you want to travel between the Sinai resort cities.
Rain in summer or early autumn is not unheard of, in fact old Bedouin say in the past every 40 days there was some. Forty shouldn’t be taken literally, this often occurring number usually means many – so, in other words, according to old people in the past there were regular rains all year. Rains are a blessing for people living in the desert and they are always very grateful for every drop, but flash floods can also cause damage to property, livestock and people. Prayers for those who were affected by the floods. The full effect of the floods across Sinai is still too early to know.
Although most of the massive amounts of water will be gone by a few days, draining either to the Gulf of Suez or the Gulf of Aqaba, some will be retained in the soil and at certain places on the surface in little pools. This is especially true for the mountainous regions, where even streams and water falls will be running for quite some time. It is dangerous to hike during the next few days when storms can still be expected, but come after the rains and you could celebrate Eid el Adha in the garden of Eden!
The photos of this post are by courtesy of Salem Safari (Facebook), taken on Saturday in the desert between St Katherine and the coast, and further below you find links to more photos and videos of this event.