Friday, May 31, 2013

Egypt: Six Mexican Tourists Killed in Tour Bus Accident in Sinai, 25 Injured

According to The Associated Press, A bus carrying Mexican tourists overturned earlier today (May 31) in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula before bursting into flames, killing at least six, according to the state news agency MENA. Additionally, 25 other passengers were injured in the accident.

Those at the scene described excessive speed as the causation of the accident.

The bus was carrying tourists from the peninsula's Saint Catherine's monastery to the Red Sea resort of Dahab.

COMMENT: In all of my years of living and working in Egypt, my biggest concern is the high risk of road fatalities and the delays in transporting the injured in a timely fashion to medical facilities. 

Egyptian medical facilities fall far short of facilities in developed nations.

Road accidents are commonplace in Egypt, due to badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of traffic laws. 

According to a 2012 World Health Organization report, road accidents kill about 12,000 people each year in a population of about 90 million.

As I have sad so often in the past, it is essential that foreigners traveling in developing countries subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage, as those injured are often expected to pay for service before being treated. Such coverage is worth every penny, as daily coverage can be obtained for as little as US$8 per day.