Tanzanian ferry disaster costs over 200 lives

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An overcrowded Tanzanian ferry capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing at least 207 people.

Initial estimates suggested the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

“The ferry overturned very fast and covered us,” survivor Charles Ngarima said. “I was lucky that I was able to swim under water not knowing where I was swimming to.”

Another survivor, Jennifer Idhoze, blamed the ferry had capsized because it was overloaded. “I was able to jump out of the ferry… That is how I survived,” she said.

The ferry sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island.

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