199 persons died in Tanzania ferry catastrophe


On Saturday, 199 persons died when a ferry capsized off the tourist archipelago in Zanzibar, and more than 119 people are reported to be still missing. “We have recovered 199 people who have died and we have rescued 342 survivors,” says Mohammed Aboud, Zanzibar’s state minister for emergencies—updating an earlier death toll of 57.

At least 44 persons were rescued but were seriously wounded including some others who were hit by falling debris as the boat rolled onto one side, he said, adding that the death toll could still rise higher.

Officials noted that some people believed in 620 affected the ferry, was to celebrate, including the family home after the holidays until the end of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The survivors began arriving back set in Stone Town, the main port and capital of the archipelago, with a first aid center to handle the port to save speedboat cars Capsized ferry. It was terrifying, people were screaming and shouting in the dark, said Aisha Mohammed, at the age of seven. I can not find my mother, I lost it when we were all in the water, she said after being picked up by a lifeboat. Other survivors angry officials accused the the ferry port and overload the boat.

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