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Noise Pollution in Cairo: "A Silent Enemy"

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The New York Times reports today that noise on Cairo’s streets averages 85 decibels, the equivalent of standing just 15 feet from a passing freight train. And that’s just the average. In the loudest parts of the city it can reach 95 decibels, only slightly softer than the noise produced by a jackhammer!

The loud noise on the city’s streets is not just a nuisance:

It can cause elevated blood pressure and other stress-related diseases. It can interfere with sleep, which almost always makes people more irritable. “People need a chance to sleep, to have a chance to think, in quiet,” said Dr. Nagat Amer, a physician and researcher with the national center.


And the cause of the noise really isn’t all that surprising:

In general terms, the noise is a symptom of an increasingly unmanageable city, crowded far beyond its original capacity, officials at the National Research Center said. The main culprit is the two million cars, and drivers who jam the city roads every day.

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  • i am a girl from egypt . egypt is my mother and thats really .there is alot of problems in our country but when you go to any where u will find the problems

  • frank

    Ciaro was desingned for 100 000

  • Casey

    As a student at the American University in Cairo, I lived in a very crowded area of Cairo known as Nasr City. In my six months there, I developed hypertension and experienced extreme weight fluctuation. The article confirms my experience when it states “In general terms, the noise is a symptom of an increasingly unmanageable city, crowded far beyond its original capacity.” Cairo lies in one river valley surrounded by thousands of miles of desert and somehow sustains 25 million people. For a person from green, rural, Tennessee, this seems almost unimaginable.