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20 Dead After Cargo Boat Capsized on Lake Victoria

Man Jose Kayima

At least 20 people have been confirmed dead after a cargo boat capsized on Lake Victoria.

The boat was sailing from Lwanabatya and Ntuuwa Landing Sites in Kalangala District, heading to Katabi Town Council, Wakiso District.

Patrick Onyango, the Deputy Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan, said in a statement that the number of people on the boat that capsized was 34, adding that 20 of them have been confirmed dead.

Onyango said that nine people have also been rescued.

“The boat was carrying bags of charcoal, fresh foods and silver fish,” he said, adding that the cause of the incident is attributed to “overloading and bad weather.”

He said a search operation is underway to find five missing people.

John Wandera, a fisherman who was among those who rescued the victims, told Anadolu that the boat capsized due to strong winds.

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