An official says at least 94 people are dead after a ferry boat capsizes

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At least 94 people died, including children, and 26 are missing after a ferry boat capsized off the northern coast of Mozambique, an official from the country’s Maritime Transport Institute (INTRASMAR) said.
The vessel was an overloaded fishing boat and was not licensed to transport people, Lourenco Machado, an administrator of INSTRASMAR, said on state television on Monday.
“On Sunday we registered a maritime incident where at least 94 people died when a barge carrying 130 people capsized.
We have recovered 94 bodies and 26 are missing,” he said.
Jaime Neto, secretary of state for Nampula province, also said that the passengers were fleeing cholera, according to the BBC.
“Because the boat was overcrowded and unsuited to carry passengers, it ended up sinking,” he told the BBC, adding that many children were among the dead.
Videos posted on social media X showed many bodies lying on a beach and some people carrying the bodies of children.
Mozambique and other countries in southern Africa have been battling cholera outbreaks since last year.

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An official from Mozambique’s Maritime Transport Institute (INTRASMAR) stated that a ferry boat capsized off the country’s northern coast, leaving at least 94 people dead—including children—and 26 people missing.

According to INSTRASMAR administrator Lourenco Machado, the boat was an overloaded fishing vessel that lacked a license to carry passengers. He made this announcement on state television on Monday.

“We reported a maritime incident on Sunday in which a barge carrying 130 people overturned, resulting in at least 94 fatalities. 26 people are missing and 94 bodies have been recovered, the speaker stated.

He said that the boat was transporting passengers from Lunga in Nampula province to Mozambique Island when it was struck by a tidal wave, according to preliminary reports.

Citing another local maritime administrator, state broadcaster TVM reported that the passengers were escaping a cholera outbreak.

According to the BBC, Jaime Neto, the secretary of state for the province of Nampula, added that the travelers were escaping cholera.

He told the BBC that many children were among the dead and that the boat sank because it was too crowded and unfit to carry passengers.

Social media users shared videos of numerous bodies lying on a beach and some individuals carrying children’s bodies. These videos were not immediately verifiable by Reuters.

From last year, cholera outbreaks have been a problem for Mozambique and other nations in southern Africa.

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