“Thus far 20 individuals have been confirmed lifeless, and 9 (9) rescued,” the Uganda police pressure stated on Twitter, which is being rebranded as X.
The boat was carrying charcoal, contemporary meals and fish when the accident occurred round 5:00 am (0200 GMT), the police stated.
“The reason for (the) accident is attributed to overloading and unhealthy climate,” they added, saying that round 34 individuals had been believed to be onboard.
“We attraction to members of the general public who journey on waters to at all times put on life jackets and to not overload their vessels.”
Africa’s largest lake has witnessed many boat disasters, with the accidents typically blamed on overcrowding and poor climate.
Thirty-two individuals died in November 2018 after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria throughout unhealthy climate, with Uganda police saying the vessel had greater than 90 revellers on board.
In September that 12 months, tons of died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian facet of Lake Victoria.
With a floor space of 70,000 sq. kilometres (27,000 sq. miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the dimensions of Eire and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
It’s not unusual for ferries to capsize on the lake and the variety of fatalities is commonly excessive as a consequence of a scarcity of life jackets and the truth that few individuals know tips on how to swim.
Boats are usually the one type of transportation in elements of Africa’s Nice Lakes area, and are sometimes overcrowded and poorly maintained.
Accidents are additionally widespread alongside Lake Albert, which marks the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the least 26 individuals died in December 2020 when their boat sank on Lake Albert. That accident was blamed on unhealthy climate.