Death toll in Lake Victoria boat tragedy rises to 23

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Tanzanian rescue workers search for victims on September 22, 2018, a day after the ferry MV Nyerere capsized in Lake Victoria. At least 23 people have died in another accident in the lake. PHOTO | STRINGER | AFP

By Sunday morning, at least 23 bodies had been recovered from Lake Victoria, where a boat capsized on Saturday afternoon.

The accident occurred at Mpatta Sub-county in Mukono District, Uganda. The initial death toll was 10 and authorities said dozens were missing.

“SAD MOMENT”

The bodies were taken to Kampala City Mortuary as rescue efforts carried on.

“It is a sad moment. The Uganda People’s Defence Force and the Uganda Police Force marine units [are continuing with the] search and rescue mission for survivors and those who perished in the boat cruise from KK beach,” army spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire, said in a statement.

There was no confirmed information on the number of passengers who had been on board at time of the incident and the reason why the vessel sank.

Source: AFP

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