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Microbus overturns into canal in Egypt, 6 killed

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(Xinhua) -- Six passengers were killed and five others rescued after a microbus overturned in a canal in Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag, some 400 km south of the capital Cairo, official news agency MENA reported Friday.

The rescue teams hurried to the scene and managed to save five people from the canal and pick up the dead bodies, except for one of a child still being looked for underwater.

Investigators said the eleven passengers, all Christians, were on their way back from a church at Umm Duma village to Tama city in Sohag, when the microbus driver, who ran away after the accident, lost control of the wheel and overturned the vehicle into the canal.

Earlier Friday, another six people were killed and eight injured in a car crash on Ismailia-Zagazig desert highway in Egypt, north of Cairo.

Road accidents in Egypt killed around 10,000 people every year, according to Transportation Minister Hatem Abdel-Latif, who said earlier that the government was working to improve road services across the country.

Lack of highway security monitoring systems, improper road maintenance and irresponsible behavior of citizens are behind the high rate of road accidents in Egypt.

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Egypt’s hazardous roads and railways

Egypt’s hazardous roads and railways | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt should invest more in modernizing its roads and railways if it wants to bring down the shockingly high number of accidents and fatalities.
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Transport Minister Hatem Abdelatif stunned the nation on 13 January when he revealed that road accidents kill as many as 10,000 people every year. (Arabic).

 The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates road accident fatalities to be even more, at 12,000 a year. Egypt has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 per every 100,000 people, compared with 5.2 per 100,000 in Sweden, 7.2 in Finland and 25.2 in Russia, WHO says.

At a seminar in Cairo on 28 and 29 January, transport experts said Egypt’s road network needed redesigning, with more markings and better lighting, and traffic rules needed to be enforced.

 Dubbed "Transport Infrastructure Egypt 2013", the seminar sought to shed light on the challenges of, and solutions to, improving road and rail safety in Egypt. It also aimed to involve the government in its discussions and make recommendations.

 “We are in dire need to overhaul everything, including the policies,” Khalid Abdel Azeem Abbas, head of the National Institute of Transport, told IRIN.

By investing in road and railway safety, experts said, the government would save some of the billions of Egyptian pounds it spends each year treating accident victims and replacing vehicles, trains and track.

The World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology in 2008 estimated the economic loss to Egypt from road crashes at nearly US$1.8 billion per year.


More :http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97375/Briefing-Egypt-s-hazardous-roads-and-railways

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MOI appeals to protesters to open Tahrir Square

MOI appeals to protesters to open Tahrir Square | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt's Ministry of Interior appealed on Tuesday to the protesters holding a sit-in at Tahrir Square to open the square and help the government operate the traffic in the area.

The Ministry said that the sit-in affects the citizens' freedom of movement in areas surrounding Tahrir Square.

A media official of the Interior Ministry said in a statement published on its official page, "Cairo's security services department, in coordination with a number of young protesters, removed the obstacles impeding traffic this morning, to work on restoring the traffic flow."

The statement added that this move appealed to a large segment of society, but following the departure of the security troops, the roads were closed again.

Political movements and parties have started an open-ended sit-in at Tahrir Square since November, following a constitutional decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi which gave him sweeping powers and shielded his decisions from court challenges.

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya
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Egypt traffic accident injures 5 French tourists

Egypt traffic accident injures 5 French tourists | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian security official says five female French tourists were injured, two critically, when their minibus overturned on snow-covered mountain roads in the Sinai Peninsula.
The accident happened as the women were heading early Thursday to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, said Col. Ahmed Said, the monastery’s police chief.
Ambulances rushed to the scene and the injured were transported to hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Said says two of the women are in critical condition. Their Egyptian driver was unharmed.
Road accidents are common in Egypt, which has one of the world’s worst traffic safety records. Snow however, such as that brought in by the fierce winter storm to hit the region this week, is a rarity.

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