CAIRO: A partial collapse occurred at a precipitation basin in the new Suez Canal lane due to an overload of material dredged from the lane under construction, according to a Monday statement by the Suez Canal Authority.
The head of the authority, Mohab Mamish, said in the statement that the force of a drainage pipe resulted in a water leak of one of the bridges leading to the precipitation basin. He added that there were no casualties or injuries, after rumors were reported saying that the accident had claimed the lives of hundreds.
Two cars and a loader were pushed and immersed under the water; one of them so far has been recovered, according to the statement.
Following the accident, all departments at the Suez Canal Authority coordinated with the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces at the site to control the situation and stop the water leakage at the bridge, the statement announced.
The bridge is being restored and the basin is being prepared for work again, added the statement.
Mamish announced that he will announce the details of the accident in a press conference Monday.
The Engineering Authority announced last week that the first phase of the dry dredging works at the new branch, which is under construction, of the Suez Canal had been finalized.