Last Update 23:11
15 killed by floods in Egypt on the road to Minya
The last remaining survivors were today rescued from flood waters that swept away their bus, killing 14 school girls and one rescue worker
AP and Ahram, Friday 31 Dec 2010
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1077

14 school girls and one rescue worker were killed on Wednesday when a bus carrying the students and their teachers was swept up in floods on the Minya-Assiout.

The bus was carrying 77 passengers, 51 of which were school girls.

Poorly equipped rescue workers and local residents struggled to save those on board the bus, which overturned late Wednesday in a deep trench created by strong flood currents along the highway leading to the city of Minya, 200 kilometres (124 miles) south of the capital, Cairo.

The last two survivors were pulled out of the waters in the early hours of Friday, a police report said, according to AP.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing bodies of young girls wearing headscarves and school uniforms floating in the water.

The dead included an ambulance driver who had rescued 20 of those on board the bus before the floods swept him away, the report said.

The school girls and their teachers had been on a trip to Minya and were returning home to the town of Assiut when the accident took place.

According to the police report, survivors recounted that the bus driver had stopped to have a closer look at the surrounding terrain, inundated with torrential rains and flooding when the waters suddenly swept them away.

Egypt's southern region, where roads are poorly maintained, was heavily affected during the rains and bad winter weather that afflicted the country earlier this week.



Search Keywords:


Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 4000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
1



Mr.Ahmed
31-12-2010 10:35pm
0-
0+
tragic accident
Who is responsible for this tragedy?!The responsible must pay the the price and roads must be maintained well to ,at least,decrease the number of these tragic accidents.May Allah save Egypt and Egyptians!May Allah provide victims' families with patience!
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment

© 2010 Ahram Online. Advertising