BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
At least eight fishermen drowned while fishing in
Lake Tanganyika in a storm on Sunday night, Burundi’s fishermen
federation told Xinhua on Monday.
operating at different ports died after drowning in Lake
Tanganyika, said Gabriel Butoyi, chairman of the federation of
fishermen and fish producers in Burundi.
Several boats and
other fishing equipment were damaged during the storm, said
“The drowning was
caused by a violent wind that capsized fishermen’s boats in the
lake. The fishermen had gone too far from the lake shores and it
was hard for them to swim up to the shores,” said the chairman.
The death toll might
increase as the exact number of fishermen who were in the lake
during the storm was unknown, he said.
According to him, by
11 a.m. Monday, boats had been sent into the lake in a rescue
Lake Tanganyika is
the world’s second deepest lake with over 350 species of fish.