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Death toll in Ugandan boat accident rises to 108

The death toll following the weekend boat accident in western Uganda has risen to 108 from 19 that was reported on Saturday.

David Kazungu, Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, told newsmen in an interview that 108 bodies were retrieved from Lake Albert on Monday.

Most of the passengers on the boat were Democratic Republic of Congo refugees returning home.

“So far on Saturday we retrieved 19 bodies from Lake Albert, on Sunday we retrieved six bodies and today by two o’clock 83 bodies have been retrieved by the police marine unit,’’ Kazungu said.

He said the total number of people who were on the boat was not yet known.

Forty-five people survived the accident.

“The bodies are being taken by the DRC officials with whom we have been working with since Saturday on identification of the bodies and return of the bodies for decent burial,’’ he said.

He added that some bodies, especially those of children, had not yet been identified.

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