Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

15 killed in Egypt flood bus crash

Fifteen people died after a bus was swept off a road by floods in southern Egypt
Fifteen people died after a bus was swept off a road by floods in southern Egypt

Fifteen people have died after a bus packed with 77 schoolgirls was swept off a road by floods in southern Egypt.

Poorly equipped rescue workers and local residents struggled to save passengers on the bus, which overturned in a deep trench next to the road leading to the city of Minya, 124 miles south of the capital, Cairo.

The last two survivors were pulled out of the waters early on Friday.

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 and he also drowned.

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

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 village houses are built of mud bricks and the roads are poorly maintained, was heavily affected during rains and bad winter weather earlier this week.

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