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Tanzania: Ferry capsizing death toll climbs to 224

24th Sep 2018
Tanzania: Ferry capsizing death toll climbs to 224

By Tufan Aktas

 

KAMPALA, Uganda (AA): The death toll from the capsizing of a passenger ferry in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria has risen to 224, local media reported on Sunday. The main suspect behind the disaster has been arrested.

The minister for Transport Communication and Works, Isack Kamwele, said 126 of the dead were adult females, 71 adult males, 17 young females and 10 young males.

On Thursday, the ferry MV Nyerere capsized near the Tanzanian city of Mwanza while en route from Ukara to Bugolora.

Burials for victims also began, the Tanzanian Broadcasting Cooperation reported.

According to local media, a total of 41 people were rescued before the end of search and rescue efforts.

On Saturday, President John Magufuli declared three days of national mourning and said the ferry captain had been arrested because he was not in the boat when it capsized.

“According to initial reports, the accident was caused by overcrowding,” Magufuli added.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Tanzania. Creative Commons]

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