Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 22: Death toll of capsized migrant boat reaches 42
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Death toll of capsized boat with 600 unregistered migrants rises to 42 people

Death toll of a boat carrying about 600 unregistered migrants capsized off Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Kafr el Sheikh on Wednesday rose to 42 people, Youm7 reported.

The boat had set sail to Italy from the Kafr el Sheikh’s town of Rosetta, 30 kilometers south of Alexandria, security source told Youm7.

The Egyptian authorities deployed search teams in search for more survivors from the incident which is the biggest operation of illegal immigration in the city.

Egyptian security forces released a total of 160 migrants and kept four others were kept in custody pending investigations.

More than 10,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, according to the UN.

The military has previously announced arresting hundreds of people over illegal immigration at Egypt’s different borders, which have witnessed heightened security measures to curb the illegal practice.

 

UNWTO delegation arrives in Egypt

A delegation from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) arrived in the Cairo International Airport on Wednesday to promote tourism in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

Upper Egypt’s city of Luxor will host the celebration of the World Tourism Day soon.

 

Hot wave to relent on Friday: EMA

Forecasters have expected high temperature will gradually decrease, starting on Friday, said Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) chairperson Ahmed Abdel Aal on Thursday.

A two-day hot wave has hit Egypt on Tuesday as temperature reached in Cairo to highs of 38° and lows of 24°.

Official forecast authority said that Cairo temperature will relent by 6 degrees across the country to record 33°.

 

2 injured in cracking of 3 buildings in Alexandria

Two people were injured in partial collapse of three buildings in Alexandria Thursday, Youm7 reported. The two men age 20 and 40 years old.

Poor construction and lack of maintenance have also reportedly caused several collapses over the past months, especially in Upper Egypt’s impoverished villages where buildings are usually made of mud bricks and roofed by palm fronds.

Between July 2012 and June 2013, 392 residential buildings collapsed, resulting in 192 deaths, according to a survey by the Egyptian Initiatives for Personal Rights (EIPR.)

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