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8 dead as boat carrying football team capsizes in Uganda

ANI | Updated: May 20, 2019 21:38 IST

Hoima [Uganda], May 20 (ANI): Ugandan authorities on Monday confirmed that at least eight people died, while several others are missing after a boat carrying a football team and its fans capsized amidst a thunderstorm on Lake Albert here on Sunday.
The exact number of people on the boat is unknown. Rescue operations are on, as fishermen and a marine unit have rescued more than 30 people from the scene, according to CNN.
The incident occurred just a few minutes after the boat left the dock in Hoima. The team, along with its fans, was travelling to a soccer match when the vessel capsized during a thunderstorm.
The death toll is expected to rise as the passengers were not wearing life jackets.
Scores of people have lost their lives in Uganda in similar ways. At least 35 people lost their lives after a cruise boat capsized on Lake Victoria last year. Before that, at least 30 members of a soccer team and its fans died after a boat they were partying on capsized on Lake Albert. (ANI)