86 die as ferry sinks in Lake Victoria in Tanzania

September 21, 2018 02:31 pm | Updated 05:14 pm IST - KAMPALA, Uganda

 Rescue workers examine the hull of a ferry that overturned in Lake Victoria, Tanzania on Friday, September 21, 2018, in this still image taken from video.

Rescue workers examine the hull of a ferry that overturned in Lake Victoria, Tanzania on Friday, September 21, 2018, in this still image taken from video.

Eighty-six people are killed as a ferry sank in Lake Victoria in Tanzania, according to John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region of the country. He says the death toll is likely to rise as search and rescue operations were under way on Friday.

The government says passenger ferry MV Nyerere was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora on Thursday when it sank.

Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Some of the deadliest have occurred in Tanzania.

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