At Least 20 Dead After Boat Capsizes In Lake Victoria

At least 20 people have died after a boat capsized in Ugandan waters on Lake Victoria.

The vessel, which was ferrying approximately 30 passengers and cargo, was en route to Kasenyi landing site near Entebbe in Wakiso District from Lwanabatya landing site in Kalangala District, Uganda.

It keeled over around Nsazi Island in Mukono District on Lake Victoria.

Ten of the passengers, reports say, were rescued by fishermen who were near the scene of the incident.

The fate of the other passengers remains unknown but efforts to rescue them are ongoing, according to Joshua Wafumbwa, a councilor representing Kyamuswa Sub County in Kalangala District.

“We have already alerted the marine police on the lake, and all efforts are being made to save those who are still alive,” Wafumbwa is quoted as saying by the Monitor.

Cases of boats capsizing in the lake have been on the rise in recent weeks.

In July, a boat carrying 11 people, 100 bags of charcoal, 40 bags of silverfish, and personal belongings capsized in the lake.

The boat was heading from Kiseba Islands to Katosi in Mukono when it capsized between Jana and Kimmi.

Six individuals were rescued by another transport boat but five drowned during the incident.

In the same month, another boat ferrying a load of foodstuff from Kasi islands to Katosi in Mukono district capsized with a man and woman on board.

The man was rescued by nearby fishermen while the woman unfortunately met her demise.

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