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Death toll rises in Uganda boat accident

24 March 2014, 12:17

Kampala - Thirty-four people, including eight children, drowned when an overloaded boat capsized on a Ugandan lake, officials said on Sunday.

Police initially reported that 19 of the 96 passengers were killed and 32 missing after the boat sank on Saturday.

The boat, which was crossing Lake Albert, was carrying mostly Congolese nationals, police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe told dpa.

Lake Albert lies between the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The boat was over-loaded and its captain has been arrested," said Tumushabe.



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