Over a hundred killed in Tanzania ferry disaster

Published: 22nd September 2018 12:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2018 12:54 AM  

Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. (Photo | AP)
The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end. (Photo | AP)
In a televised address, the president said the ferry captain already had been detained after leaving the steering to someone who wasn't properly trained, The Citizen newspaper reported. (Photo | AP)
At least 40 people had been rescued, he said, but the number on Friday barely rose. Dozens of security forces and volunteers wearing gloves and face masks had resumed work at daybreak after suspending efforts overnight, hauling bodies into wooden boats. (Photo | AP)
It was obvious that more bodies were trapped in the overturned ferry, the president said, according to The Citizen report. He said even the cargo far exceeded the 25 tons allowed. (Photo | AP)
Tanzanian ferries often carry hundreds of passengers and are overcrowded, and shifts in weight as people move to disembark can become deadly. Images from the scene showed the ferry's exposed underside not far from shore. (Photo | AP)
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