Police recover three bodies in Malawian boat accident as 44 still missing

08:18, November 19, 2010      

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Malawian police on Thursday confirmed the recovery of three bodies while other 44 passengers still missing from boat accident Monday night on Lake Chilwa in southern Malawi.

"As of now only three bodies have been recovered but for more information you should still wait," National Police Spokesperson Willie Mwaluka told Xinhua. He also confirmed that a total of 47 people were on board heading towards Mozambique while the accident occurred.

On Tuesday, Local media and an online news outlet, Malawi Voice, quoted local police officer in charge of the accident area as saying 15 bodies have been recovered from the capsized boat and that a search is still going on for the others on board.

The incident occurs barely three weeks after a barge sailing from Nkhatabay district sunk in Lake Malawi taking down with it 30 tons of fertilizer. Authorities confirmed no hopes of recovering the fertilizer, which environmentalists fear will cause a great damage to marine life.

Source: Xinhua


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