Over 90 fatalities reported in ferry disaster off the coast of Mozambique


Over 90 fatalities reported in ferry disaster off the coast of Mozambique

More than 90 people lost their lives on the northern coasts of Mozambique as a fishing boat, serving as a ferry and carrying a packed load of passengers, sank, as reported by local authorities on Sunday. The vessel was carrying approximately 130 people and encountered issues while attempting to reach the island of Mozambique in the province of Nampula. The shipwreck resulted in the tragic loss of 91 lives, with many of the victims being children.

Rescuers have found five survivors so far, but challenging sea conditions are hampering ongoing search efforts. The majority of passengers were traveling to the island in response to panic stemming from misinformation about a cholera outbreak in the region. Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries, has experienced nearly 15,000 cases and 32 deaths attributable to cholera since October, primarily concentrated in Nampula.

Authorities have launched an investigation to determine the causes of the tragic incident, given the overcrowded and unfit nature of the vessel for passenger transport. The community is reeling from the loss of so many lives and continues to grapple with the aftermath of this devastating event.

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