Wednesday, 16 July 2008

11 kids die in Lake Victoria boat accident

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Paulina David in Mwanza

Eleven children drowned in Ukerewe on Sunday after a canoe they were traveling alongside 19 adults capsized.

Acting Mwanza regional police commander Khamis Bhai said yesterday that the children had accompanied their parents for a church service. The adults, including parents of some of the deceased children, cheated death and managed to swim to safety.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda yesterday expressed shock upon receiving news of the tragedy and sent the Government's condolences. He said from Dodoma that he felt a sense of remorse with the bereaved families, invoking prayer for the souls of the innocent children who perished in the accident. He conveyed the condolences to Mwanza regional commissioner Dr Alex Msekela.

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