PH sends Tanzania sympathies over ferry disaster

MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Saturday night, conveyed sympathies to the bereaved families of victims who perished in a ferry disaster in Tanzania.

"The Philippines expressed its condolences to Tanzania after an overloaded ferry capsized in Lake Victoria on Thursday, leaving more than a hundred people dead," DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said in an update sent to the media late Saturday.

The agency hoped that more survivors would be found.

No Filipino has been reported among the fatalities.

Ambassador to Kenya Norman Garibay said the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi continues to monitor the search and rescue efforts.

He said there are at least 289 Filipinos in Tanzania.

Of the estimated 300 passengers of the sunken MV Nyerere ferry, more than 200 were reported dead and scores of people still missing.

Tanzania President John Magufuli was earlier quoted as saying that it "appears clear that the ferry was overloaded.

The leader has already ordered the arrest of all responsible in the management of the vessel. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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