Egypt's PM suspends Nile river officials, issues LE60,000 to families of deceased

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Jul 2015

The government will also move to legislate harsher penalties for violations of Nile river laws

People gather along the banks as a crane raises a boat which had capsized on the River Nile, during a search for victims, in the Warraq area of Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, July 23, 2015 (Reuters)

Egypt's Premier Ibrahim Mahlab ordered late Friday the temporary suspension of the chief of river transport bureau, which follows the Ministry of Transportation, and the head of rivers bureau, which follow the Ministry of Interior, 48 hours after a Nile boat collision left 33 dead.

Mahlab met with the transport minister and interior minister on Friday night before announcing his decision.

On Wednesday at least 35 passengers aboard a chartered boat fell into the river when it capsized after it collided with a cargo ship off the shores of Al-Warraq district in Giza.

The cabinet will issue LE60,000 in compensation to families of all deceased, and also will treat all injured from the incident at the state's expense, spokesperson to the Egyptian cabinet Hossam Qawish announced following the meeting.

The Egyptian premier also ordered the formation of a committee, headed by himself and including the ministers of transport, environment, irrigation, interior and justice to review legislation applicable to management of the Nile River and the system of river transport.

The committee is tasked with ending all violations on the river and proposing harsher penalties for offenders.

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