Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 35

Egyptians look at the passenger boat that sunk in the river Nile in Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Egypt's Interior ministry says more than a dozen civilians have drowned when the passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize. (AP Photo/Samer Abdullah)

CAIRO (AP) — Search parties retrieved four more bodies from the Nile River from a boat collision earlier this week, bringing the death toll to 35 people killed, Egypt’s Health Ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press that the search efforts continued Saturday.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi said he ordered a sum of 60,000 Egyptian pounds (around $7,600) to be paid to each family of the deceased and called for measures to be taken to prevent future collisions. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has formed a committee to review legislation related to Nile River management.

Egypt also replaced the head of the River Transport Authority in response to the collision, state media reported Saturday.

The collision late Wednesday night happened when a passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize. The scow’s captain and his assistant have been detained on suspicion of manslaughter.

Nile traffic has been heavy, especially near Cairo, as Egyptians celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday following the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

 

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