A total of 42 people have been confirmed dead after a ferry sank in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. However, more than 209 people are actually believed to have drowned.

The exact number of people on board is difficult to determine, because the person dispensing tickets was among those who drowned, and that recording data has also been lost.

The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora.

The country has been faced with similar tragedies in the past, with at least 145 people dying in a ferry disaster in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean in 2012.

In 1996, a ferry tragedy in the same area of Lake Victoria killed at least 500 people.

Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and the world’s second largest lake, after Lake Baikal in Russia.

It is a popular attraction for tourists, with many local companies offering boat trips to spot wildlife, ranging from hippos to exotic birds.

RT.com / ABC Flash Point Travel News 2018.

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