200 feared drowned in South Sudan ferry accident

Almost 20,000 people have sought refuge at a UN camp in Malakal, while thousands more have attempted to flee across the White Nile river.

200 feared drowned in South Sudan ferry accident

World Bulletin / News Desk

News reports from South Sudan have suggested that as many as 200 people have drowned in the River Nile after their ferry capsized.

According to a local official, they were fleeing from violence in the town of Malakal when the accident happened on Sunday. Women and children are among the dead.

The boat they were travelling in was believed to be overcrowded.

Almost 20,000 people have sought refuge at a UN camp in Malakal, while thousands more have attempted to flee across the White Nile river.

Although talks to agree to a ceasefire between the South Sudanese army and rebels are underway, fighting has continued since a coup attempt against President Salva Kiir failed on December 15.

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2014, 13:59
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