The death toll from Lake Victoria boat accident has risen to six after four bodies were recovered today morning bringing the death toll to six.
Two bodies of a middle-aged woman and a one-and-a-half-year-old child were retrieved yesterday immediately after the accident and were taken to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary.
19 passengers travelling from Homa Bay Town Pier Beach to Ndhuru Beach in Mbita Sub County were aboard the ill-fated vessel that capsized about 400 meters from the lakeshore in Homa Bay.
According to Homa Bay Township chief Joshua Ochogo, the boat was overloaded with passengers and luggage which included timber, bags of cement, and boxes.
Rescue teams have intensified the search for the missing eight people after the operation was called off yesterday night following bad weather.
A temporary command centre has been established at the beach consisting a multi-agency team from the Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Coast Guard Services, Beach Management Units as well as the County Government Department of Disaster.
More to follow…