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106 Bodies Retrieved from Lake Albert Boat Accident

The number of dead bodies retrieved from Lake Albert following the Saturday morning boat accident has reached 106 dead. There is little hope of finding anymore survivors. The boat was transporting Congolese refugees.
The number of dead bodies retrieved from Lake Albert following the Saturday morning boat accident has reached 106 dead. There is little hope of finding anymore survivors. The boat was transporting Congolese refugees.  

 

The number of people on board is not known but some officials say they were close to 250 people. By Monday afternoon, 82 bodies had been retrieved; two were retrieved on Sunday night while 22 had been retrieved on Sunday morning.

 

Andrew Mbogori, the head of Bundibugyo sub-office United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees confirmed to Uganda Radio Network adding that the bodies have been sailed to Bundibugyo hospital where hundreds of Congolese are flocking to claim their dead relatives.

 

He says the Police’s marine force with the help of fishermen is continuing the search but expressed little hope of finding survivors.

 

The Saturday morning boat accident occurred at around 10:00am at Kitebere landing site with Congolese refuges trying to make their way home through Ntoroko district from Kyangwali refugee camp.

 

41 refugees were rescued alive by fishermen.

 

The accident has been blamed on overloading and sailing under influence of alcohol.

 

Charles Ssembulide, the Albertine region police commander says police has arrested the boat coxswain together with two managers of the boat.

 

Survivors say they were travelling back home because of famine and poor accommodation in the camp. But Mbogori refutes the claims.

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