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Luxor and Aswan Under Siege as Termites Plague Upper Egypt

Upper Egypt has been suffering from termites for years, but things have just began escalating, putting houses in great risk of collapsing.

According to local news sources, Upper Egypt has become infested with termites, plaguing the cities of Luxor and Aswan, and subsequently causing furniture, floors, roofs, and homes to fall apart.

The Minister of Agriculture and Governor of Luxor are 'rapidly' working towards a grand solution to rid of the termites from the two cities. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly also stated that the government will be implementing measures in the future to avoid such infestation from occurring again.

Termites are known for consuming wood at quite an alarming rate; Al-Masry Al-Youm reported about Abdel Wahab Fakhry, a Nubian resident, who explained that wood compromises a large part of Nubian homes. Termites also spread faster in hot weather, as most bugs do.

“For years, termites have been eating everything, digging around ceramics, destroying most of the housing floors, but the problem is that ministry campaigns have been suspended since last year,” Fakhry said.

Fakhry also complained about the pesticide used by the ministry, as its effects are reportedly short-term. The Ministry of Agriculture in Luxor stated that their termite campaign have cleared out termites in over 50 houses in the areas of Arment, Esna, Al-Toud Centre, and Al-Qurna.

Main image from ArabYoum.com


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