Uganda: boat accident kills 20 out of 90 as rescue continues

Boat accident in Uganda. Photo: ODT

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Dozens of passengers have reportedly been killed by drowning from an overloaded boat which capsized in Lake Victoria, 60 kilometres east of Kampala in Uganda on Saturday night, sources said Sunday.

An estimated 90 people were on the boat whose capacity was allegedly far below what it was ferrying.

Local media quoted army spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire as pegging the death toll at 30 while 26 have been rescued.

Sources named one of the survivors is Prince David Wassajja, brother to the influential Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, king of the influential Buganda kingdom
Rescue workers said search for dead and missing persons was still continuing on Sunday morning aided by police helicopters.

Rescue operations were put off overnight due to lack of night operations capability, Ugandan military sources said.

© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng