Tanzanian ferry sinks in L.Victoria, rescue underway

Lester Mason
September 20, 2018

At least 44 people died and an unknown number went missing on Thursday when a ferry capsized in the south of Victoria, Africa's largest lake, Tanzanian government officials said.

John Mongella, the commissioner of Mwanza, said 37 people were rescued but those efforts were suspended until daybreak Friday.

President John Magufuli has sent his condolences to victims of a ferry accident that has killed at least 42 people according to a statement from State House.

A source told the BBC that despite the fact the MV Nyerere was only built for 105 people, there were more than 400 passengers on board when it sank. The Citizen of Tanzania reports that fishermen rescued about 20 people immediateoly after the incident.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA), which is in charge of servicing the vessels, confirmed in a statement Thursday that the MV Nyerere was involved in an accident but gave no further details.

The ferry has a capacity of about 100 passengers.

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

She said the ferry did not have any mechanical problems and TEMESA had carried out heavy maintenance on it in recent months, including overhauling two engines.

More than 800 people died in 1996 when the MV Bukoba capsized.

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