The death toll in a Ferry Capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to more than one hundred as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with searches to find scores of more people feared drowned.
Ferry have been carrying as many as 200 Passengers — double the Ferry’s Capacity — when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island.
Witnesses said the Ferry Capsized when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock.
Rescue operations were suspended overnight and hopes are fading that more survivors might still be found, a day after the vessel sank.
The State Broadcaster cited witnesses reporting that more than 200 people had boarded the Ferry at Bugolora, a town on the larger ukerewe Island, where it was market day when locals said the vessel was commonly packed with people and goods.
In 1996, a Ferry disaster on Lake Victoria in the same region killed at least 500 people.
In 2012, at least 145 people died in a Ferry Disaster in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Archipelago of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, on a vessel that was overcrowded.