DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The death toll from Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika
grisly boat accident rose to 19, an official said on Sunday.
Amaniel Sekulu, the
Principal Officer for the Surface and Marine Transport and
Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) in Kigoma region, said six more
bodies of the boat passengers were discovered on Sunday.
died on Friday after two boats collided in Lake Tanganyika, the
second oldest freshwater lake in the world.
Sekulu said the
boats called MV Atakalo Mola, which was carrying 65 passengers
and MV Pasaka, which had 137 passengers on board, collided at 3
a.m. on Friday.
“Many of the
passengers on board MV Pasaka were worshippers from the
Pentecostal Church of God who were heading to join neighboring
church congregations for Christmas celebrations,” said Sekulu.
Sekulu said divers
from the marine police unit, the Tanzania People’s Defense
Forces and local divers from Kigoma town and nearby villages
were still carrying out rescue operations.