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Road accidents claim almost 18 lives per day in Egypt: CAPMAS

Fifty percent of fatalities on Egyptian roads are persons aged 15 to 19, says a new report from the state statistical body

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jun 2014
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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road accidents are considered one of the main causes of death in Egypt (File Photo: Reuters)
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Around 18 people were killed daily in road accidents in Egypt last year, according to a recent report from the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the country's statistical body.

The figure is slightly up from 2012, when an average of 17.6 persons were killed per day in road accidents.

A total of 50,051 accidents took place in 2013, 0.04 percent higher than in 2012, according to the report, with the highest number of accidents occurring in December (5,105).

Fifty percent of Egyptians who died on the road were between 15 and 19 years old, added the report.

Over 8 percent of the accidents took place in the Nile Delta's Sharqiya governorate, which ranked the highest nationwide.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities from train accidents reached 781 in 2013, almost 74 percent more than in 2012, which saw 447 train-related deaths.

According to the report, deficiencies in train crossings were the main cause of accidents, responsible for over 55 percent.

International and local reports estimate that Egypt leads the Middle East when it comes to road accidents and related deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road accidents are considered one of the main causes of death in Egypt.
 

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