DEATH TOLL FROM UGANDAN BOAT TRAGEDY RISES TO 108

By Ismael Kasooha 

KAMPALA, March 25– The death toll in the Lake Albert boat accident has risen to 108 with the hope of finding any survivor now lost.

On Monday, 82 bodies were discovered floating on the waters at the shore in Kitebere where the accident happened on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, six bodies were retrieved on top of the 19 which were retrieved on Saturday. Most of the dead were children.

The bodies have already been transported to the Ntoroko health centre where the first bodies were taken.

District police commander Kibaale John Ojokuna Elatu told New Vision that the bodies were discovered during a search for the bodies. “We found bodies floating on the water surface and on retrieving them we counted 82 bodies,” said Ojokuna.

The number of survivors still stands at 45 with hope for any survivors increasingly fading away.

On Saturday morning, a boat carrying Congolese refuges who were escaping from the Kyangwali refugee settlement camp capsized near Kitebere landing site in Ndaiga sub-county of Kibaale district.

The refugees boarded the boat at Senjojo landing site in Kyangwali sub-county in Hoima district on their way to Ntoroko where they were supposed to board vehicles on their way to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo where they feel is now secure.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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