More than 200 feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

Pauline Gross
September 21, 2018

The death toll rose above 100 on Friday Sept. 21, 2018, after the ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported.

Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.

This framegrab taken from mobile phone footage shows a person on the shore watching the search and rescue of people standing on the capsized hull of a ferry, on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish since crew and equipment had been lost, officials said. "My son is among the bodies recovered", she said, weeping.

Authorities were able to rescue 37 people after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere went down just meters from the dock on Thursday.

At the time it was travelling near Ukara Island in the southeast of Africa's largest lake, according to a statement from Tanzania's Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency.

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Mwanza Region Commissioner, Adam Malima has been quoted by the local media saying; "We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident".

- President Magufuli mourns the dead.

IT'S feared more than 200 people have died in a ferry capsize in Tanzania, as rescuers rush to find survivors.

Accidents like these are not uncommon on Lake Victoria and overloading is often to blame.

Some 200 people were killed after an overloaded vessel - carrying more than 1,000 passengers despite an official capacity of only 620 - hit strong winds off the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean in 2011.

Waters in the lake can be rough and boats are frequently poorly maintained, while ferry operators often fail to record the number of passengers on board.

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