The bodies of 148 people had been pulled from the waters off the Egyptian coast after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.
Wahdan el-Sayyed, the spokesman of the Nile Delta province of Beheira, provided the latest figures and told The Associated Press that the search operation was ongoing.
The boat was located nearly 12 kilometres from the Nile Delta port city of Rosetta, when it sank.
It had waited at sea for many hours — perhaps days — for smaller wooden boats carrying migrants to arrive from different points along the Egyptian coastline.
Survivors said that overcrowding caused the boat to capsize.
The head of the local council in the area, Ali Abdel-Sattar, said that the currents have carried the bodies of the victims many kilometres away from the site of the sinking.
He added that many of the migrants are believed to have been “stored in the bottom of the boat, in the fridge.”
SOURCES: News Now/ Associated Press