At least 32 people have died this Friday and 66 have been injured in the collision of two trains in the Egyptian town of Tahta, in the southern province of Sohag, as reported by the Ministry of Health.
According to the statement, more than 30 ambulances are transporting the victims to several nearby hospitals in the province located in the Nile Valley, where the railways are old and in poor condition.RELATED
Health spokesman Khaled Mujahid added in the note that Minister Hala Zayed is traveling to the province to “monitor the health status of the injured,” in addition to having created a crisis and emergency cell in Sohag.
This cell is in charge of evaluating “the consequences of the accident and providing medical supplies and personnel of all specialties to give the necessary assistance to the injured,” the statement added.
For his part, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbuli, said in a statement that there is coordination with the competent Ministries and has asked the heads of each Department to “immediately go to the scene of the accident to offer the necessary support and deal with the situation quickly. “
In Egypt, rail accidents are frequent, due to the poor state of the network and despite the fact that the authorities have repeatedly promised to renovate the infrastructures and invest more in the safety of the tracks and their correct signaling.
The last major accident occurred on February 27, 2019, in which 22 people died and at least 40 were injured at the central station of the capital, where a driverless locomotive gained speed and ended up crashing into a concrete barrier located next to it. end of the train track.
After that tragedy, the then Transport Minister, Hisham Arafat, resigned and was replaced by a military man, General Kamel al Wazir, who had the support of President Abdelfatah al Sisi.