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Tanzania: Death toll in Lake Victoria tragedy reaches 170

Tanzania: Death toll in Lake Victoria tragedy reaches 170

22 September 2018 Saturday 12:20
Tanzania: Death toll in Lake Victoria tragedy reaches 170

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The number of people who died in the Lake Victoria MV Nyerere ferry disaster has reached 170.

According to the state broadcaster (TBC) 24 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, Works, Isaack Kamwelwe.

The ferry, traveling 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 underway to recover more bodies. Ukerewe District Commissioner Cornel Maghembe told the local news daily, The Citizen on Thursday that the water vessel was overloaded with cargo and passengers.

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

Updated: 22.09.2018 13:48
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