Saturday, 22 March 2014

Uganda: Scores feared dead in Lake Albert boat capsize

Scores of passengers are believed to have died after a boat they were traveling in capsized on Lake Albert in Kibaale district Saturday morning.

Many of the over 100 passengers of the ill-fated vessel were traders, police said.

They were en route to the DR Congo from Kyangwali and Bugoma in Hoima district when they encountered mechanical difficulty in Kitenile, leading to the boat capsize.

The incident occurred at between 10.30am and 11am local time. The police could not readily confirm the death toll by press time.

About 10 survivors had been rescued and 20 bodies recovered by the time of filing this report.

Efforts to look for more survivors and recover bodies are still going on.

Four years ago, some 70 people were involved in a fatal boat fatality when their boat capsized on Lake Albert. Many were killed in one of the worst boat disasters in Uganda's history.

Coincidentally, the incident occured on a Saturday.

In the 2010 capsize, the fateful vessel carried traders, school children, luggage and tonnes of fish.

Boat accidents are common on Uganda’s lakes. More than 10 people died in a boat accident on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria in July 2010 and more than 50 were killed in a boat capsize in August 2010.

Saturday 22 March 2014


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