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L. Victoria Accident: Death Toll Hits 30

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L. Victoria Accident: Death Toll Hits 30

At least 30 people were confirmed died following the weekend boat accident on L. Victoria due to bad weather, the country’s deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango said.

He blamed the accident on overloading and bad weather as rescue efforts continue.

“The boat was overloaded and secondly there was bad weather,” Patrick Onyango told media on Sunday.

It said that the boat was carrying 84 people, but the boat’s capacity has not been officially said despite reports that it was only allow

“27 people have so far been rescued. Marine teams are doing whatever they can to find more bodies,” Onyango said.

Authorities had said on Saturday at least 10 people had died in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa’s largest lake.

Police said the boat did not have a valid licence to operate and had been grounded for some time because it was in poor condition.

The boat is believed to have been on a routine weekend cruise that is popular among some young Ugandans.

Police also said that fishermen trying to rescue the passengers on the boat were among the victims.

Meanwhile, President Yoweri Musevenisaid on Sunday those responsible for the accident will be brought to justice.

“The operators of this boat will be charged with criminal negligence and manslaughter, if they have not already been punished for their mistake by dying in the accident,” Museveni wrote on Twitter.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters.

Even in September, hundreds died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria.

It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize in the lake and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many passengers usually cannot swim.

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