Posted on September 21, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

It is feared more than 200 people could have drowned after a ferry capsized in Tanzania

last night.

The ferry was carrying hundreds of people when it came in to trouble in Lake Victoria. The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora.

Officials at the scene told the local media that the number of people who have drowned could be over 200. 

Rescue efforts were forced to stop temporarily overnight due to poor visibility and have resumed this morning. 

Initial reports suggest that the distribution of weight on board led to the boat overturning as it docked. 

Officials have said the ferry was carrying more than 400 passengers. About 100 people were rescued while 32 are said to be in a critical condition.

Exact figures are yet to be confirmed - Reuters said the person who dispensed tickets for the journey also died, with the machine recording the data lost.

Regional Commissioner, Adam Malima told reporters: "We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident.

"We pray to God to give us hope that there has not been a high death toll."

 

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