86 confirmed dead in Tanzania ferry sinking

Dar Es Salaam – Dozens more bodies were recovered after the sinking of a ferry carrying hundreds of people in Tanzania, taking the death toll up to 86, the privately owned The Citizen newspaper said on its website on Friday.

The paper cited figures from John Mongella, the regional commissioner for Mwanza, where the MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon.

According to BBC, the MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora.

It is thought the overloaded vessel toppled over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked.

Local media say the ferry’s official capacity was 100 people. Officials have confirmed that the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.

About 100 people were rescued while 37 are said to be in a critical condition.

Exact figures, though, are yet to be confirmed – Reuters said the person who dispensed tickets for the journey also died, with the machine recording the data lost.