Friday, 6 August 2010

18 pupils die, 19 missing in Lake Victoria

From The Guardian/IPPMedia, Dar es Salaam
By Grace Chilongola

Eighteen Alukumbi Nursery and Primary School children drowned and six are missing, presumed dead, after the boat they were travelling in from Chitembele Island to Alukumbi Village capsized in Lake Victoria.

Sengerema district commissioner Allinansi Palangyo confirmed the incident, saying 12 bodies had been recovered out of 18, who were feared dead.

He said the boat, which was carrying 37 schoolchildren capsized yesterday morning.

Palangyo noted that 20 schoolchildren survived death whereby four people among the passengers were able to swim and survive, while the rest were found on top of the boat.

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