Over 200 drown after ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria: Tanzanian government

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Dozens of people drowned when a passenger ferry capsized on lake Victoria in Tanzania.

Rescuers are still searching for hundreds more who may have been aboard the ship, which sunk Thursday afternoon in Lake Victoria.

According to local media, he was accompanied on Board were up to 500 people.

The captain of a ferry which sank on Lake Victoria has been arrested as the death toll from the disaster climbed above 130.

"This equipment will increase efficiency in the rescue operation and we will continue with the search until we are satisfied that we have rescued everyone", Kamwelwe said.


He said two other vessels had been diverted to help with the rescue operation.

"I received a call telling me that I have lost my aunt, father and my younger brother", says Editha Josephat Magesa, a local resident.

Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe said on Saturday that 172 of the victim's bodies had been identified by relatives.

"Since my birth, people have gone to their deaths on this lake, but what are we to do?"

The MV Nyerere, named after the former president who led the East African nation to independence, was travelling between the islands of Ukara and Ukerewe when it sank. "We did not choose to be born here, we have nowhere to go", he said.


Tanzania's Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency, which is responsible for ferry services, said it was unknown how many passengers were aboard the MV Nyerere.

It is not immediately clear what caused the vessel to capsize, said Shana.

Mongella said 218 people had been confirmed dead, while 41 escaped the tragedy with their lives - a total figure far above the official capacity of the boat, which was in theory only able to carry 101 passengers.

"The ferry overturned very fast and covered us", survivor Charles Ngarima told Reuters.

President John Magufuli urged the country to remain calm.


Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake, which is surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Officials said more than 130 people were killed when the overcrowded boat capsized.

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