Egypt Watch

Gas pipeline explodes in a residential neighbourhood in 6th of October City

A huge fire broke out in the 6th of October city (Giza governorate) following an explosion in the natural gas pipeline feeding the densely populated sixth district of the city.

After the explosion, fire engines came to try to extinguish the fire amid a state of fear and panic among the citizens.

The Egyptian Ambulance Authority has pushed a number of its vehicles to quickly intervene in the event of any emergency, in addition to providing the 6th of October City Authority with a strategic water reservoir to limit the effects of the explosion. The explosion occurred in the residential area of ​​Aboul Wafa as a result of a leak in the gas pipeline and the officials of the gas company moved to close the main valve as the police erected a security cordon.

In February the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics data showed that 438,500 fires had occurred in Egypt during the past 10 years. There were 51,200 fires in 2010 compared to 47,500 fires in 2009, an increase of 7.8 per cent.