9 Egyptian Women, Children Die In Nile River Ferry Accident

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No fewer than nine Egyptian women and children died Tuesday when a small bus carrying about two dozen people slid off a ferry and plunged into the Nile River just outside Cairo, health authorities said.

The accident, which happened in Monshat el-Kanater town in Giza province, injured nine other passengers, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Giza is one of three provinces forming Greater Cairo.

Six of the injured were treated at the site while three others were transferred to hospitals. The ministry didn’t elaborate on their injuries.

A list of the nine dead obtained by The Associated Press showed four were minors.

Giza provincial Gov. Ahmed Rashed said the bus was retrieved from the river and rescue efforts were still underway as of midday Tuesday.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

According to the state-owned Akhbar Daily, about two dozen passengers, mostly women, were in the vehicle heading to work when the accident occurred. It said security forces detained the vehicle driver.

Ferry, railway and road accidents are common in Egypt, mainly because of poor maintenance and lack of regulations.

In February, a ferry carrying day labourers sank in the Nile in Giza, killing at least 10 of the 15 people on board.