Seven school children drown after tuk-tuk flips into canal in Egypt's Behira

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Nov 2017

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File photo of tuk-tuks in Egypt (Ahram)

Seven schoolchildren drowned in Egypt's Nile Delta governorate of Beheira on Saturday after the tuk-tuk in which they were riding flipped into a canal, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The vehicle was carrying eight children when it crashed into the Mahmoudeya canal in Damanhour city, killing six girls and one boy, with one student surviving.

Security forces in Beheira arrested the tuk-tuk driver. He is being interrogated by the prosecution, MENA added.

The governorate decided to pay EGP 1000 for the family of the injured kid, and EGP 5000 for each family of the seven victims.

In 2015, Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500, according to a study published by official statistics body CAPMAS in August 2016.

The high rate of accidents is often attributed to poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

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