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Uganda declares national day of mourning for victims of ship accidents – Xinhua



Rescuers are looking for passengers lost in a boat accident on Lake Victoria in the central district of Mukono, Uganda, on November 25, 2018. (Xinhua / Joseph Kiggundu)

KAMPALA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) – Uganda declared a day of national mourning for dozens of people who died in the boat accident on Lake Victoria over the weekend.

Moses Ali, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda, told Parliament that Friday, November 30, will be observed as a day of mourning for people who died after a boat capsized on Saturday near Mutima Island in the central Mukono district.

"I extend the condolences of the government to the families in mourning and I declare on November 30 a day of mourning for the deceased," said Moses Ali.

On Tuesday, Ugandan lawmakers paid tribute to more than 30 people who drowned after their ship capsized, and some blamed the government for failing to inspect the value of the ship.

According to the army, at least 35 bodies were recovered and 27 people were rescued from Saturday's accident.

According to local media reports, the ship transported more than 120 weekend revelers, beyond its capacity of 100 people from Port Bell Luzira in the capital, Kampala, to Mutima Island on Lake Victoria.

Boat accidents in the Ugandan lakes are common due to overload and high winds.


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