Tanzania: Lake Victoria Ferry Tragedy, 196 Confirmed Dead

Tanzania Ferry Tragedy death toll hits 196

2018-09-21 (6)

bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//At least 196 people are confirmed dead in the Lake Victoria MV Nyerere ferry disaster.

According to the state broadcaster 60 bodies were recovered on Saturday, September 22 morning.

As of Friday evening a total of 136 bodies had been recovered, according to the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Isaack Kamwelwe.

The ferry, travelling between the Ukara and Bugolora Islets capsized on Thursday afternoon about 50 metres from the berth as it was about to dock.

The state broadcaster, quoting Mr Kamwelwe said the rescue operation is still under way to recover more bodies. Ukerewe District Commissioner Cornel Maghembe told reporters Thursday that the water vessel was overloaded with cargo and passengers.

According to him, the ferry has a capacity of carrying only 100 passengers and 25 tonnes of cargo but it had more than 400 people.

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