Death toll reaches 100 in Tanzania ferry disaster, hundreds feared missing

Death toll reaches 100 in Tanzania ferry disaster, hundreds feared missing


DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Greater than 100 our bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzanian state radio reported on Friday, and a whole lot extra have been nonetheless feared lacking as rescuers looked for survivors from dawn on the morning after the catastrophe.

Radio TBC Taifa reported the most recent toll from the sinking of the ferry MV Nyerere, which capsized on Thursday afternoon just some meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s largest island, which is a part of Tanzania.

Preliminary estimates instructed that the ferry was carrying greater than 300 individuals.

Thirty-seven individuals had been rescued from the ocean, Jonathan Shana, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake instructed Reuters by cellphone on Friday.

Shana stated extra rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday. He didn’t give precise numbers.

The exact variety of these aboard the ferry when it capsized was onerous to ascertain since crew and tools had been misplaced, officers stated on Thursday.

Tanzania has been hit by a number of main ferry disasters through the years. At the very least 500 individuals have been killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996. In 2012, 145 individuals died when a ferry sank off the shore of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar.

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Reporting by Nuzulack Dausen; Writing by Duncan Miriri and Elias Biryabarema; Enhancing by Peter Graff

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