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Tank bursts in Egypt

A sewage treatment tank burst Thursday, flooding an Egyptian village in the Sohag province.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 20, 2002

A sewage treatment tank burst Thursday, flooding an Egyptian village in the Sohag province and destroying 70 mud-brick homes, according to government reports.

Five people were injured in the village of Kola, some 250 miles south of Cairo.

The flood happened in the middle of the night, and many villagers woke to the sound of water rushing into their homes.

Dozens were left without shelter Friday and were sleeping in tents provided by local emergency response authorities.

The concrete tank fractured but officials were not yet sure why by Friday afternoon. The sewage treatment plant, only three months old, is the biggest in southern Egypt.

Some residents had complained the tank was built too close to houses, and that it had been leaking water for weeks. Some reported being afraid of a tank collapse, and had asked village officials to build a wall to protect the village.

A similar incident took place in March at the former sewage treatment plant.


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