187 Dead in Zanzibar Ferry Disaster

    Image #: 15275626    Zanzibaris flock to the shore near the tourist resort of Nungwi to await for news and survivors after a ferry sunk off the coast of the island overnight, September 10, 2011. At least 40 people were confirmed dead after a ferry capsized off the east African country of Tanzania as it made its way from Zanzibar to Pemba island, Minister of State Mohammed Aboud told reporters on Saturday. Witnesses fear the death toll could rise sharply since the overcrowded ferry was carrying more than 500 passengers.  REUTERS/Marton Dunai (TANZANIA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)       REUTERS /STAFF /LANDOV

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    At least 187 people have died after a ferry sank off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar with 800 people onboard. About 620 people have been rescued. Privately owned ferries are helping to search for survivors and bring them to shore. Survivors have been found clinging onto mattresses, refrigerators, and anything else that floats. The ferry was bringing people back from a post-Ramadan holiday and was heavily overloaded. Authorities are struggling with the disaster and have asked for foreign help. 

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