11 women drown as microbus falls off Nile ferry in Giza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 May 2024

At least 11 people drowned as a microbus fell off a ferry into the Nile River at the Monshaet El-Qanater area in Giza on Tuesday, according to media reports.

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Civilians rushing to rescue the passengers to leave the vehicle before it sinks in the river. Al-Ahram.

 

The Ministry of Health earlier reported that at least nine people were rescued: three were transferred to Sheikh Zayed and Wardan Central hospitals and six were treated at the incident site.

According to media reports, the microbus was carrying a group of female workers between the ages of 15 and 40 when it plunged into the Nile in Abou Ghaleb village in Giza.

The reports said that the microbus was carrying the women from Manashi village in Giza to their work at an agricultural export company.

The microbus was successfully retrieved from the Nile a few hours after the accident.

Following the incident, authorities detained the driver for four days on manslaughter charges per a decision by the North Giza Prosecutor's Office.

Initial investigations indicate that the driver had exited the vehicle without applying the brakes, causing it to fall into the Nile.

Furthermore, the Governor of Giza Ahmed Rashid and the Governor of Menoufiya Ibrahim Abu Limon rushed to the site for inspection.

The Minister of Labour Hassan Shehata instructed said that the incident will be promptly followed up on that benefits will be provided to the victims and their families, including EGP 200,000 for each deceased and EGP 20,000 for each injured person.

 

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