File Photo: Villagers travel by boat on the river Nile near Sudan s capital Khartoum (Reuters)
“The government and people of Egypt extend their sincere condolences to the government and people of brotherly Sudan and to the families of the victims,” the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.
The ministry also wished a speedy recovery for the injured and stressed its support for Sudan over the tragic accident.
At least 23 women are believed to have drowned when the boat, which carried 29 people, capsized and sank in the Blue Nile in the Souki region, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA reported.
The captain, the only male who was on the boat, and five other passengers were the only survivors. The women, who were day laborers working on farms, were returning home when the boat sank.
Rescue teams have retrieved 13 bodies and a search is underway for the remaining 10 people who are unaccounted for, according to SUNA.