Ugandan police say no more survivors expected from boat accident


Officials in Uganda have said they do not expect to find more survivors after a crowded boat capsized on Lake Victoria during the weekend killing dozens and more feared dead than the initial count of 34.

Twenty-six people were rescued but authorities believe the boat which was overloaded was carrying more than 100 people.

The search was suspended on Monday and will resume Friday. But at this time, we do not expect any survivors. None,” police deputy spokesman Patrick Onyango told dpa on Wednesday.

The government announced that a day of national mourning would be held on Friday. Flags will fly at half-staff for the victims of the marine accident – one of the worst in the East African country’s history.

The accident happened on Saturday night near Mutima beach about 20 kilometres south of the capital Kampala, with police blaming the disaster on overloading and the vessel’s poor mechanical condition.


A helicopter searches for victims of a boat which capsized in Lake Victoria near the capital, Kampala, Uganda Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. File picture: AP Photo/Stephen Wandera.

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