Death Toll In Egypt Train Collision Rises To 49
The number of people who died after two trains collided in the suburbs of the Egyptian city of Alexandria has risen to 49.
Officials gave the new figures on Saturday, a day after the incident.
Local authorities also confirmed that 123 people were injured, the Al Arabiya broadcaster reported citing local officials.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to the friends and families of the victims in a statement on the ministry’s official website.
On Friday, local media cited the Egyptian health ministry as saying that at least 36 people were killed and over 120 were injured.
Other reports also suggested that about 179 people were injured.
One of the trains was traveling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said.
Authorities said the collision led to the derailment of several train cars which also overturned.
According to local authorities, a mistake by the operator of a semaphore caused the accident.
Egypt’s Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadiq reportedly ordered an urgent investigation into the collision.