The upturned passenger ferry MV Nyerere floats in the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo)
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Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The official death toll was 131 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end.President John Magufuli declared four days of national mourning and ordered the arrest of the ferry operator manning the ferry.Tanzanian ferries often carry hundreds of passengers and are overcrowded, and shifts in weight as people move to disembark can become deadly.In 1996, more than 800 people died when passenger and cargo ferry MV Bukoba sank on Lake Victoria.
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