Nile ferry accident death toll climbs as bodies found
The death toll from a collision between an Egyptian cargo ship and ferry on the Nile river increased Sunday as four more bodies were pulled from the river.
Egyptian officials say that the death count now stands at 34, making Thursday’s incident the worst maritime disaster for Egypt since 2006, when more than 1,000 people were killed in the Red Sea when their ferry sank.
Search efforts are continuing, the Egyptian Health Ministry has said, but officials fear that the chance of finding any more survivors is growing increasingly slim.
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, has ordered 60,000 Egyptian pounds (US $7,661) be paid to each family of the deceased, while transport officials are investigating the incident to prevent future collisions.
Prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab has formed a committee to review legislation related to Nile river management.
The head of the River Transport Authority has been fired as a result of the accident, which happened when a passenger boat travelling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a cargo ship, causing the passenger boat to capsize.
The cargo ship’s captain and his assistant have been detained on suspicion of manslaughter.