LAKE VICTORIA, Tanzania - At least 100 people are known to have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.
Many more are missing and it is feared that more than 200 people may have drowned. Rescue efforts resumed on Friday after being halted overnight.
The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.
It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked.
Local media say the ferry's official capacity was 100 people but officials say the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.
The BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Tanzania says fear has gripped residents of Mwanza region as they await to hear the fate of relatives who travelled on the MV Nyerere on Thursday.
"I received a call telling me that I have lost my aunt, father and my younger brother," says Editha Josephat Magesa, a local resident.
"We are really saddened and urge the government to provide a new ferry because the old one was small and the population is big."
Our reporter says the ferry's engines were recently replaced after local MP Joseph Mkundi complained about the previous ones.
Tanzania's police chief Simon Sirro Mwanza, who has travelled to the area, says the death toll has risen to 100.
So far, 37 people have been rescued and are in critical condition, according to Mwanza Regional Commissioner John Mongella. Local officials had initially reported on Thursday that 100 people had been rescued.(FA)