FUNERALS BEGIN FOR HUNDREDS LOST AS FERRY CAPSIZES NEAR DOCK
UKARA ISLAND, TANZA
NIA Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria.
The overloaded boat tipped over Thursday about 50 metres from the dock at Ukara Island. People carrying their goods from a busy market day prepared to disembark, unbalancing the ferry, which turned over.
One survivor said he is still searching for his daughter.
“My child might have been found, but I have not seen her,” said Magesa Chibuga.
“I am therefore waiting for this ferry to be lifted from the water so that I can see whether she is there or not. But I am feeling very bad. I thank God I have found my wife, but the child is still missing.”
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led mourners at the funeral service.