19 November 2012

Egypt: Prosecution Continues Investigations Into Train Accident in Manfalout

Egypt witnessed popular and official fury against negligence which resulted in death of 51 children, pupils in Nour El-Islam Azhar institute in Manfalout,Assiut Governorate.

Prosecutors in Assiut and the office of the public prosecutor continue investigations into the tragic train-bus crash.

For the second day in a row, former Egyptian Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad el-Mitini has been questioned in connection with the accident.

In the probe, Mitini said funds that had been allocated to the Egyptian Railway Authority are not sufficient to make required upgrades. The resigned minister added workers' skills at the authority need to be honed to enhance the development process of the railway system.

Members of the Shura Council's Transport Committee, under Mohamed Serag, arrived in Assiut on Sunday to investigate the train-bus crash. Meanwhile, the Council will hold an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss the reasons behind the accident.

For his part, Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Dr Ahmed el-Tayyeb decided to set up an Azharite institute in Al-Mandara Village, the site of a terrible train-bus accident.

The Minister of Health Mohamed Mustafa Hamed asserted that full medical care is provided to those who got injured in the train crash.

Moreover, Assiut Governor Yehia Keshk announced that the total amount of compensation for each dead person is up to EGP40.000, of which EGP5.000 from the Assiut governorate, EGP10.000 from Ministry of Development, EGP20.000 from the Ministry of Transport and EGP5.000 from Nasser Bank.

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