Thursday, June 21, 2012

Boat carrying 60 Ethiopians capsizes in Malawi, 47 bodies recovered so far

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi police say a boat carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake Malawi, and that all aboard are feared drowned.
Police spokeswoman Norah Chimwala said Thursday that 47 bodies had been recovered so far. The accident happened near Karonga, some 600 kilometers (about 400 miles) north of Lilongwe, the capital, on Monday night. Villagers started seeing floating bodies Tuesday morning.
Immigrants from troubled countries further north often cross the porous borders between Malawi and Tanzania and Malawi and Mozambique, trying to reach South Africa, home to Africa’s strongest economy.
The Associated Press