CAIRO: Three people died after their car fell into a conduit following a bridge collapse in Borg el-Arab area in Alexandria, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The accident left three others injured. The bodies of the victims were recovered from the water and transferred along with the injured to Borg el-Arab Hospital.
Similar bridge collapses in other cities have occurred over the past months, prompting the government to embark on a maintenance program for hundreds of bridges.
In December 2015, the Transport Ministry announced that 119 main bridges have been repaired, out of 400 that need “immediate and rapid;” the rest are scheduled to be finalized by June 2016.
According to previous statements by an official source at the ministry to Youm7, the reparation cost is estimated at 202 million EGP ($25.8 million.)
Improper use by over-loaded trucks has been signaled as one of the main reasons for cracks appearing in some bridges, authority’s spokesperson Abdel Aziz Abdu told The Cairo Post in August 2015.
Lack of regular maintenance was also reported as one of the administrative violations. A May 2015 report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) revealed that at least half bridges across Egypt “are in severe degradation and vulnerable to collapse at any time due to overloading and lack of regular maintenance,” as quoted by Al-Ahram newspaper.
Additional reporting by Hanaa Abu el-Ezz in Alexandria