Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered Friday an immediate investigation into the deaths of 15 people onboard a ferryboat that sank Thursday night in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate.
The premier also called on the ministers of local development and transportation to ensure that all ferries are registered and have undergone regular maintenance.
Three others were injured in the incident that, according to initial reports, was due both to bad weather and overloading.
The ferry was attempting to cross from Kafr El-Sheikh’s Sendion to Beheira’s Derot.
On Thursday, the country witnessed heavy rains nationwide and cold temperatures that led to several traffic accidents.
Transportation accidents and fatalities, often due to poor maintenance, are not uncommon in Egypt.