Dozens feared dead in Tanzania ferry accident as figures climb

Volunteers work at the scene of a capsizing in Tanzania. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – As at press time, a controversy was raging over the exact number of victims killed in the Tanzania ferry accident as rescue operations continued Friday.

Some accounts have pegged the casualties as up to 100 and about 50 rescued out of a confusing number of between 400 and 500 persons on the fatal ferry with a capacity of only 100.

The ferry sunk in Africa’s biggest Lake Victoria on Thursday just a few meters before it docked at Ukara, several kilometers away from the capital, Dar es Salaam.

The country’s Regional Police sources have attributed the accident to passenger overload plus bulky cargo while the mechanical service said the vessel was fit since all two engines were overhauled just recently.

President John Magufuli and his government are consoling families of victims as reactions to the incident are mitigated some blaming it on negligence on state authorities.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)