TANZANIA FERRY DISASTER

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STORY: TANZANIA FERRY DISASTERDATELINE: Sept. 12, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:40LOCATION: STONE TONE, ZANZIBARPICThe confirmed deathtoll from a ferry accident in Tanzania has risen to 240, as more bodies have been recovered by rescuers.The MV Spice Islander sank early Saturday morning, when it was travelling between Unguja and Pemba, two of the three islands that make up the popular tourist archipelago Zanzibar.The local government said overloading was to blame for the ship's sinking.The ferry is designed with a seating capacity of 610, but witnesses said there were a lot more people onboard.So far more than 620 people have been rescued, and some of them were hospitalized. The Zanzibar authorities have vowed to take stern measures against those responsible for the deadly accident, saying anyone found negligent will be punished. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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