Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Seven feared drowned in Lake Victoria accident

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda in Mwanza

Seven people are feared drowned after an overloaded boat they were travelling in capsized at Kamanga area in Sengerema district.

Eyewitnesses said the boat; christened Mv Kuruthumu was, in addition to 30 passengers, overloaded with cargo, which included bamboo baskets laden with tomatoes and charcoal bags.

The cargo belonged to traders, who transport the goods from Sengerema district to Mwanza City everyday for sale.

Mwanza regional police commander, Mr Jamal Rwambow, confirmed reports on the fatal accident, saying at least seven out of the 30 passengers were feared dead, as rescuers had not located them by yesterday afternoon.


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