Boat capsized in Lake Tana, Bahir Dar

Ethiopian News
borkena
May 21, 2013

Boat in Lake Tana Photo credit: Mesafint Bazezew
Boat in Lake Tana
Photo credit: Mesafint Bazezew

A boat named after one of the strongest Ethiopian monarchs, Fasiledes, was capsized in Lake Tana, Bahir Dar early Monday.

Ethiopian Satellite Television report indicated that the accident was caused by a storm and the boat was carrying about 100 passengers, and sailing from Delghi to Bahir Dar. Passengers were on their way back to Bahir Dar after a pilgrimage to Delghi to celebrate the day of “kristossamra”, a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church. There are numerous Ethiopian orthodox Tewahdo churches in the Island of Lake Tana and followers of the Ethiopian Church make pilgrimages to the churches.

So far about 10 people are believed to be dead. The figure of death toll reported by the government is said to be only four, according to ESAT Report.

In a matter of a week after barely explained mass killings in Bahir Dar, Tourist city in North West Ethiopia, residents in the city and Ethiopians are shocked by another tragic accident.
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