Written by CNN Staff Writer
(CNN) — Storms ripping through Egypt have left three people dead and prompted a call for the country’s military to guard the Nile Delta in case the lava from pharaohs and other historical figures is unearthed.
Local meteorological officials said on Friday that the storms — caused by a low pressure area just northwest of Cairo — were blowing dust, sand and sand particles deep into the atmosphere in a phenomenon known as “faleflooding.”
Residents of Abu Shouk and Timesshah Governorates in south-central Egypt have reported the experience, according to the website Weather Zone.
Some have reported the storms have sent massive swarms of scorpions floating in their homes and on their roads.
“Some people have also reported scorpions in their homes after breathing the dust, which has reduced air quality by making the air stagnant,” the website reported.
The Ministry of Health has given the go-ahead for military officials to be sent to the Delta to prepare. If pharaohs’ bones are found, they will be quickly identified, the ministry said, according to state news agency MENA.
MENA said that if climatic changes continue, more storms are expected to hit the country “which will not be easy for these communities.”
“This is the reason the ministry has pushed for such a move to take ahead of pharaohs’ bones.”