Death toll reaches 100 in Tanzania ferry disaster, state media say
More than 100 bodies have been recovered after a ferry sank Thursday in Lake Victoria, according to Tanzanian state radio, and many more people are feared missing as rescuers search for survivors.
Radio TBC Taifa reported Friday the latest toll from the sinking of the ferry MV Nyerere, which capsized just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake's biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.
Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.
Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, Jonathan Shana, regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake, told Reuters by phone on Friday.
Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday, but he did not give an exact figure.
The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish since crew and equipment had been lost, officials said on Thursday.
Tanzania has been hit by several major ferry disasters over the years: