Wednesday March 26 2014

Boat accident: Search for bodies continues

Some of the people who stormed  Kanara Health

Some of the people who stormed Kanara Health Centre to search for their loved ones. PHOTO BY Felix Basiime. 

By Ruth Katusabe, Felix Basiime & Ronald Tumusiime

Rescue efforts are still going on Lake Albert with police marines saying there would be bodies still under water as the number of people on board is yet to be established.

The police had by yesterday recovered 109 bodies of people who drowned on Lake Albert in western Uganda on Saturday.
Members of the police marine force helped by local fishermen recovered 19 bodies on Saturday, seven on Sunday, 82 on Monday and one yesterday.

This brings the total to 109 bodies in what is perhaps one of the worst maritime disasters in Uganda.
The boat, which was reportedly carrying over 150 mainly Congolese refugees, was sailing from Senjojo Landing Site in Hoima District to Ntoroko District when it capsized near Kitebere Landing Site in Kibaale District.

“With 82 bodies recovered on Monday and the others found in the past two days, it is obvious that the boat was overloaded,” said Mr John Elatu, the Kibaale District police commander.
On Saturday, fishermen, managed to rescue 45 of them, a number that still stands as of Tuesday.

The bodies were transported to Kanara Health Centre in Ntoroko but the Office of the Prime Minister later took them to Bundibugyo District for postmortem.

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According to reports, at least 45 are said to have survived the accident which puts the number [120] of those on board in question.