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FIVE people dead after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

Five people declared after a boat they were traveling in capsized in Lake Victoria at Aneko Beach, Nyatike, in Migori County.

A search and rescue operation to locate five victims of a boat accident in Lake Victoria has failed to yield results.

The accident which occurred at around 5 PM on Monday, involved a boat that was ferrying several people on their way from a fishing expedition.

On its way towards the Lake’s shore along mainland Aneko village in Nyatike Constituency, the boat is said to have been hit by strong tides that broke it into two.

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A number of passengers are said to have been saved by the crew of a boat that was sailing nearby while five, who included four women and a man, were not as lucky.

A search and rescue operation mounted by the local fishing community and coordinated by Aneko location chief David Okoth failed to find the missing passengers with efforts now postponed until Tuesday morning.

The incident comes as the country struggles with the effects of ongoing floods that have left scores dead and wreaked havoc across parts of the country.

Fishermen have since been cautioned against fishing deep in the lake, especially during the ongoing El Nino rains.

According to the National El Niño Steering Committee, floods have killed a total of 120 people, with Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera counties worst hit. 

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