Minibus canal plunge in Egypt kills 19

At least 19 people have been killed and six others injured in an accident involving a minibus loaded with passengers in al-Mansoura, 120 kilometres northeast of Cairo, the Egyptian Health Ministry says.

Rescue teams saved 17 people, the ministry said, after the vehicle plunged into a canal.

According to the Al Masri al Youm website, the victims became trapped inside the bus after it crashed into the water.

Fatal road crashes are relatively common in Egypt.

They are often blamed on reckless driving and poor road conditions.

In recent years, Egypt has built a network of new routes, aimed at improving the quality of its roads.