44 dead in Tanzania ferry accident, Video Gallery

24 September, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • An eaglet flies above Lake Victoria next

A total of 44 bodies were recovered yesterday, and dozens more were found this morning when the rescue operation resumed, Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella confirmed to the Citizen newspaper.

A local official cited by the BBC said the vessel was overloaded with more than 400 people, with other reports stating that some 300 passengers were on board.

Rescue efforts have been suspended until daybreak on Friday.

Red Cross volunteers engaged in rescue efforts on and around Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

It operates on a busy route, crossing eight times a day between the islands of Ukara and Ukwerewe, which are close to Tanzania's second-largest city of Mwanza.

It was noted earlier that in the crash of a ferry on lake Victoria in Tanzania killed more than 40 people.

"I received a call telling me that I have lost my aunt, father and my younger brother", says Editha Josephat Magesa, a local resident. The company responsible for the ferry said it is unknown how many people were on the ferry.


However, it was hard to establish just how many passengers there were as the person dispensing tickets drowned with the machine recording the data. It was one of the worst nautical disasters of the last century.

The MV Nyerere ferry capsized just metres from the dock on the island of Ukerewe, between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora, on Thursday afternoon.

Tanzanian ferries often carry hundreds of passengers and are overcrowded, and shifts in weight as people move to disembark can become deadly.

It is not clear how many people were on board.

And in 2011 almost 200 people were killed when the MV Spice Islander I sank off Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast near Zanzibar.

With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

In 1996 MV Bukoba capsized killing about 900 people and in 2011 145 people died in the Indian Ocean's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar.

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