11 Sep '11, 12am

At least 193 dead after ferry capsizes off popular tourist archipelago of Zanzibar

At least 193 dead after ferry capsizes off popular tourist archipelago of Zanzibar

Tanzanian police carry bodies of children from the sea in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Saturday Sept 10, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AFP) - At least 193 people died on Saturday when a ferry capsized off the popular tourist archipelago of Zanzibar, a minister said. Zanzibar's state minister for emergencies Mohammed Aboud said the death toll from the disaster had risen to 193. His earlier estimate put the number of dead at 163. Mr Aboud said rescue workers have so far saved 610 people, but the rescue effort has been suspended because of nightfall. The minister's updated figures indicate that more than 800 people were on board the stricken ferry, including families returning home after the holidays to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Officials said earlier that around 600 people were believed to be on board, but the exact number of passengers on this t...

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