DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Twelve people died on the spot and three
others were seriously injured on Monday when their mini-bus
plunged into Lake Victoria in Mwanza region, police said.
Ahmed Msangi, the
Mwanza regional police commander, said the bus plunged into the
lake, the largest in Africa, at Kigogo ferry on its way to
Mwanza city from Sengerema district.
Msangi said two
passengers were still missing, adding that the they might have
drowned in the lake shared by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
“The police have
launched a rescue mission searching for the missing passengers,”
John Magufuli sent a condolence message to Mwanza regional
commissioner John Mongella and families of those who lost their
“I have received
with great shock and sadness news on the grisly accident that
killed 12 innocent people,” said Magufuli in a statement issued
by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
also wished the injured passengers quick recovery.
Oil tanker truck explosion
injures 50 in Burundi
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
An oil tanker truck exploded on Tuesday in
Burundi’s Karusi province, central Burundi, injuring at least 50
people, the Burundian police said Wednesday.
Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said the fuel tanker truck overturned
at about 1 p.m. and then exploded when residents came to recover
the fuel spilled on the ground .
He said 15 people
were in serious condition, adding that they were rushed to
Gitega and Karusi hospitals after the explosion.
that people are not aware of the danger in case of an accident
of an oil tanker truck. They have heard media reports of loss of
lives in many countries and very recently in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo due to explosions of oil tankers, but
unfortunately they don’t realize the danger,” said the