Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, at least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria. Reuters reports that scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster.
The ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island. The island is part of Tanzania.
Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.
Jonathan Shana told Reuters by phone on Fridayhirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea. Shana is the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake.
He said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday.