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Boat carrying Ugandan football team and fans capsized leaving 30 dead

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Posted on December 27, 2016
Uganda boat drown in lake albert

Photo: Ismail Akwei/AFP

A boat carrying local Ugandan team and fans sinked in Lake Albert, western , after the boat lost its balance in water.

Police confirmed that so far nine were reported dead and 21 missing. Only 15 passengers survived from the boat that carried a total of forty five people from Kaweibanda village, Buliisa.

The team accompanied by few of their fans were on their way to play a friendly match celebrating Christmas in neighboring district of Hoima . “They overloaded the boat. Eyewitnesses have told police that most of the passengers sat on one side of the boat making it lose balance,” said Buliisa District Police Commander to Daily Monitor. Police received information that the boat operator and passengers were drunk.

“I am grateful to the government and other actors who have mounted a rescue-and-recovery operation and are assisting the survivors,”  said Ahmed Hussein, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) publicist to Theugandan.

Lake Albert, which is shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has faced several cases of boat wreckage.

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