Egyptian ferry carrying daily wagers sinks in Nile near Cairo, at least 10 people dead


Tuesday, 27 February 2024 (11:09 IST)
A ferry carrying 15 people sank in the Nile river near Cairo on Sunday, killing at least 10 of them, authorities said Monday.
All the passengers on board were day laborers who were on their way to work at a local construction company.
Search operation lasted hours
Rescue teams had to search for hours to recover bodies, according to local media.
The rescue operation was live-streamed on social media as the villagers stood on the banks of Nile and watched.
The five who survived the accident were taken to hospital and were later discharged, the Ministry of Manpower said in a statement.
Egypt's Labor Ministry has announced a compensation of 200,000 Egyptian pounds ($6,462, €5,957) to each of the family of the deceased and 20,000 pounds to each of the five injured.
While local media reported that the cause of the accident was overcrowding on the boat, there has been no immediate official confirmation.
Riverway accidents are quite frequent in Egypt mainly due to lack of implementation of safety regulations.

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