At least 42 have people died after a ferry sank in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, with government officials fearing the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said.
More than 300 people are estimated to have been on board the ferry when it went down.
The BBC quoted local officials as saying that about 100 people had been rescued with 32 in critical condition. It was reportedly traveling between the Tanzanian ports of Ukara and Bugolora Thursday afternoon when it sank.
A spokesperson confirmed 40 people had died in the tragedy - with the number expected to rise.
By Thursday night, 37 people had been pulled out of the water by emergency teams during a rescue operation, which was halted because of poor visibility at the scene.
The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency, in charge of servicing the vessels, urged patience in a statement as rescue efforts began.
While the ferry has a capacity of about 100 passengers, it was said to be carrying more than its capacity, in addition to cargo.
Adam Malima, the Regional Commissioner. said: "We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident".
- President Magufuli mourns the dead.
Tanzania has been hit by several major ferry disasters over the years. The Citizen of Tanzania reports that fishermen rescued about 20 people immediateoly after the incident.
"People are saying that this ferry was just going to dock when people rushed towards one side of that ferry and that is what might have caused it to topple".
Rescuers move the bodies of victims of a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, onto their boat, September 21, 2018.