Boat Carrying Football Team Capsizes In Lake Albert, Killing 30

MEP: At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying Ugandan members of a village football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert, on Christmas Day, police said Monday.

The passengers, who were from Kaweibanda village in the western district of Buliisa, were travelling to Hoima District for a football match as part of the Christmas Day festivities on Sunday, the Ugandan news agency Daily Monitor said.

The overcrowded vessel was carrying some 45 people, Daily Monitor quoted John Rutagira, a police official from Buliisa, as saying, the boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side.

15 people survived and nine bodies have been found so farm, he added.

The accident was the second major disaster on Uganda’s lakes in three days. On Friday, about 20 people perished in similar circumstances on Lake Victoria.

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