Sun, 18 Apr 2021 - 08:03 GMT
Toukh locals carry water for those at the accident site at dusk to break their fast - Press phto
CAIRO - 18 April 2021: Locals in Toukh have shown exemplary chivalry at the of the train accident in their town, with hundreds flocking to donate their blood to the victims and distributing water and meals to those still at the site at dusk when Muslims break their long fast from dawn during Ramadan.
Police, civil protection teams and medical crews are still at the site.
In Benha and Qalyub, nearby cities where the injured have been transferred to be treated, locals also went in large numbers to the hospitals to donate blood.
A total of 11 people were killed and 98 injured in the Sunday derailment of the train in Egypt's Delta.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered an investigation into the derailment of four carriages of the train on the way from Cairo to Mansoura city in Qalyubia, the Delta. Thus far, it is unclear how the four carriages were separated from the rest of the train.
Sisi also requested that the victims be compensated swiftly. Meanwhile, Minister of Solidarity Neveen el-Kabbag visited the site of the accident, vowing to dispense compensation and provide social and psychological care to the victims, as well as to reunite them with their families as soon as possible.
This is the third train accident in a month. On Wednesday, a train derailed in Sharqia governorate, which was also bound from Cairo to Mansoura, but no deaths occurred. On March 26, two trains collided in Sohag, Upper Egypt, resulting in dozens of casualties. Eight railway employees have been detained for trial in the Sohag case.