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Death toll doubles after Tanzania ferry tragedy

TRAGIC: Ferry disaster in Tanzania (Photo credit: The Citizen)

AT LEAST 94 people are confirmed to have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore of Ukara island on its way from Bugorora and
it is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked, BBC AfricaM reports.

According to officials, it is feared that more than 200 people may have drowned.

So far, 37 people have been rescued and are in critical condition, according to Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella. Local officials had initially reported on Thursday that 100 people had been rescued.

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 a tragic history of ferry disasters. Most recently, 145 people died when a ferry sank off the shore of Tanzania's Indian Ocean in 2012 and at least 500 people were killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996.

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