At least 100 killed after boat capsizes in Tanzania

In Tanzania, the death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to more than 100 today.

State Radio said hundreds more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors after the disaster.

The ferry MV Nyerere capsized yesterday afternoon just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.

Witnesses said the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock. Regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake, Jonathan Shana today said 37 people had been rescued from the sea.

Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight today. President John Magufuli said he was deeply saddened by the disaster and called on Tanzanians to stay calm during these difficult times.

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