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OVERFLOW OF THE NILE.

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OVERFLOW OF THE NILE. A correspondent of a contemporary gives th e following intelligence concerning the inundation of the Nile and its terrible effects :— The water still continues to run through the gaps cut in the banks, and inundate the country for miles; and it is known that our days must elapse before the Nile will begin to fall. At present, although every exertion has been made at Nardah, the spot where the dyke broke, very little progress has been made in stopping the breach. I was informed by the engineers that it will require at least two months to repair the line, even after, it is in a fit state to allow such repairs to be commenced. The destruction of property is most terrible to behold; 80 to 100 villages have been entirely swept away; what has become of the inhabitants is not known; hundreds, perhaps thousands, may have been drowned, and all they possessed destroyed. I saw one poor woman upon the cupola of a mosque or tomb of a sheik about fourteen feet high; the water had already risen to within a few inches of the top it had touched her feet, and was still rising, when a boat came to her rescue. The railway bank, where it is above the water, as well as every piece of rising ground or hillock, is covered with human beings. One night the river burst through whilst some hundreds of soldiers were sleeping in tents close by. They had been working on the line; the stream rushed down so suddenly that it washed the tents all away; nor is it yet known what has become of the soldiers. At present very little, if any, cotton is coming into the market, there being as vet no means of conveyance. The India passengers arrived here last night, after a journey of eleven hours, from Cairo. Mr. Colquhoun, her Majesty's agent and consul-general, is gone to Cairo for the winter season, and I suppose to be near the Viceroy. His Highness is using every exertion in his power to facilitate the transit of the overland passengers; and the exertions of Mr. Bethune, the Peninsular and Oriental Company's agent here, are most praiseworthy. ♦ here, are most praiseworthy. ♦

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