Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

More than 200 people feared dead after ferry sinks in Lake Victoria

More than 200 people feared dead after ferry sinks in Lake Victoria

At least 86 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

The higher death toll was given to the Citizen newspaper by John Mongella, regional commissioner for the port of Mwanza on the coast of Lake Victoria, where the MV Nyerere sank on Thursday afternoon.

The number was put at 42 on Thursday.

The head of Ukerewe district council George Nyamaha said there was more than 100 on board when the ferry sank.

The ferry which plies Bugorora to Ukara island route in Mwanza Province is said to have sunk with over 100 people aboard.

President John Magufuli was "deeply saddened" by the disaster and called on Tanzanians to "stay calm during these hard times", according to spokesman Gerson Msigwa.

The number of those found alive after Thursday's disaster remains 37, with no more survivors found since the resumption of rescue operations.

More than 300 people are estimated to have been on board the ferry when it went down.

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The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, but overloading is frequently found to blame.

Graphic shows the approximate location of ferry accident on September 20, 2018, in Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

Last night officials confirmed that 44 people had died but said many of those missing were feared to have drowned.

President John Magufuli's government urged Tanzanians to stay calm and be patient as rescue mission continued.

At least 10 people were reported to have died after a packed ferry sank on Lake Victoria.

Our reporter says the ferry's engines were recently replaced after local MP Joseph Mkundi complained about the previous ones.

- In 2011, more than 200 people lost their lives a ferry overturned in the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous archipelago.

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