MARITIME | Ferry capsizing kills at least 11 in Uganda

A ferry capsized Wednesday on Lake Victoria of the Ugandan shores causing uncertainty on the number of those who might have died.

“Based on information coming from the survivors, the figures I have are 13 people on board,” deputy national police spokesman Vincent Ssekate told AFP.

Reports indicate that the ferry overturned some three nautical miles from the city of Entebbe and confirmed that two passengers have been rescued. The MP for the Kalangala Island District from which the boat left at 5:30 am (0230 GMT) said reports indicate as many as 28 had died in the accident. “People from the community I spoke to said 32 were on board and only four survived, so actually it is 28 who died,” Ruth Nvumetta told AFP.

“I have spoken to some local people and they said the problem was actually the wind. And of course the boat was overloaded. You know, our means of transport are not so good,” she explained. “The boat capsized shortly after setting off… The controller of the boat and the owner are among those who died,” she added.

“Onlookers are telling us that the figure of those on board was around 60,” Kampala police spokesman Idi Ssenkumbiand said.

Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years. The deadliest such accident occurred in May 1996 when a ferry, the Bukoba, sank on its way to Mwanza in Tanzania, killing around 800.



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