Egypt: 21 killed as minibus plunges into canal
By Ibrahim al-Khazen
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AA): At least 21 people were killed and six injured Saturday when a minibus fell into a canal in the province of Assuit, northern Egypt, according to officials.
Dakahlia governorship updated the death toll on Facebook.
The Health Ministry previously said 19 were killed and six injured when the minibus fell into the Nile River. Dr Sherif Makeen, Spokesman for the Health Ministry said three children were killed in the accident.
Media reports said the minibus was carrying dozens of passengers when the driver lost control and fell into Mansuriya canal in Aga town, in the Nile Delta province of Dakahlia.
A Health Ministry statement said 18 ambulances were dispatched to the scene to search for survivors.
Egypt has a poor transportation record despite government efforts to improve the country’s road network.
The country has recorded 56,789 deaths and 6,164 injuries in road accidents in 2020, according to the state statistics agency, CAPMAS,
The Turkish Foreign Ministry extended condolences to the people of Egypt.
“We wish God’s mercy on those who lost their lives, our condolences to their families, the brotherly people of Egypt and the Arab Republic of Egypt, and a speedy recovery to the injured,” is said in a statement.
Additional report by The Muslim News
[Photo: People being rescued after a minibus fell into a canal in Dakahilia, Egypt N0vember 12, 2022. Photojournalist :Adam Abdullftah/AA]