At least 100 killed after boat capsizes in Tanzania

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 23, 2018

"I have also ordered that all those responsible for the operations of the MV Nyerere vessel be arrested for questioning", President Magufuli said in a televised address from the Dar es Salaam State House.

At least 500 people were killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996.

Bodies are still being taken out of the water, and the death toll is expected to rise further.

CNN's attempts to reach a government spokesman have been unsuccessful.

Magufuli said on Friday initial investigations showed that the cause of the accident was overloading, The Citizen reported. Local media say the ferry might have been carrying 200 passengers when it capsized. Capsizes are not uncommon and the number of deaths is often high because of a shortage of lifejackets and the fact that many people in the region can not swim.

Rescuers worked for hours to pull survivors out of the frigid waters Thursday and Friday, and they are still searching for hundreds who were likely onboard the overcrowded ferry.

Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe said the government was sending special equipment to aid the rescue effort. "We have to remove the luggage first to get to the bodies". "It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded", he said, adding that the arrests had already begun. "That is how I survived", she said. I tried to ask him what was happening.

Witnesses told AFP the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock.

Musa said he tried to rush to the scene to help, but there were no boats going there.

The boat was traveling from Bugolora to Ukara island when it capsized 200 meters from its destination.

The ferry was said to have been particularly busy because it was market day in Bugorora, on Ukerewe island.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, straddling the borders of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Volunteers arrange the coffins containing the dead bodies of passengers retrieved after a ferry MV Nyerere overturned off the shores of Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Saturday. The disaster highlights the issue of unsafe overcrowding on ferries in the region.

The ferry had a capacity of 100 people and about 25 tons of cargo, but officials said the vessel was carrying more than 400 when it capsized Thursday.

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