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At least 42 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, istanbul escort Tanzania.

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The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near istanbul escort the shore between istanbul escort the islands istanbul escort of Ukora and istanbul escort Bugolora.

It is thought the overloaded vessel toppled over when crowds on board istanbul escort moved to one side as it docked.

Officials have said the ferry was carrying more istanbul escort than 400 passengers. About 100 people istanbul escort were rescued while istanbul escort 32 are said to be in a critical condition.

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"We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident," Regional Commissioner istanbul escort Adam Malima told reporters.

"We pray to God to give us hope that there has not been a high death toll."

Locals joined with emergency teams in rescue efforts on Thursday afternoon.

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In 2012, istanbul escort at least 145 people died istanbul escort when a packed ferry istanbul escort sank while istanbul escort transporting people to the island istanbul escort of Zanzibar istanbul escort in the Indian Ocean.

The year before, istanbul escort almost 200 people died in another major istanbul escort incident off the coast of Zanzibar. Hundreds survived, istanbul escort some found clinging to mattresses and istanbul escort fridges.

In istanbul escort 1996, istanbul escort more than 800 people died when the MV Bukoba capsized on Lake Victoria. It was one of the the worst ferry disasters of the last century.

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