Death Toll Reaches 136 in Tanzania Ferry Disaster

At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said today, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster.

The ferry MV Nyerere capsized yesterday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania. Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake, Jonathan Shana has said.

Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday. He did not give exact numbers. Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

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