Prime Minister orders probe into deadly ferryboat accident
Ferryboat on the Nile River. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered Friday an “immediate investigation” into the sinking of a ferryboat near the Delta governorate of Kafr el Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

The premier also has directed Local Development Minister Ahmed Zaki Badr and Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali to “properly handle consequences for the accident.” He also stressed the need to apply strict safety measures on ferryboats and to develop a comprehensive strategy that ensures these incidents do not happen again in the future.

On Thursday, a ferryboat carrying 18 passengers sank in the Nile River in Kafr el Sheikh, leaving 15 dead, while four were rescued.

The ferry operates between Egypt’s Delta governorates of Kafr el Sheikh and Beheira.

On Friday, Wali ordered the allocation of 10,000 EGP ($1250) worth of compensation for each family whose member drowned in the ferryboat while the injured will receive EGP 5,000 in compensation.

The accident marks one of many Nile River transport accidents that occur in Egypt each year due to lax regulations and law enforcement.

In July, a ferryboat sank in the Nile in Giza’s district of Al Warraq leaving 15 passengers dead, while six injured passengers were rescued, the Interior Ministry said.

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