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26 Killed as Ferry Capsized in Zambia

nileriverferryA ferry, taking parents and school children for a national celebration, overturned in Zambia on October 25.

According to the authorities, the school children and their parents were on their way to another school across the Lake Kariba for participating in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the independence from Britain.

Atleast 26 people, including 23 children, were killed in the accident. One student was rescued.

The authorities believe the accident happened due to overloading as the ferry was carrying 20 people more than the allowed capacity.

Government spokesperson Dr. Joseph Katema said, “The death of these people is disheartening, more so that they were travelling for a national cause. They are true heroes.”