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91 people drown in boat accident while trying to escape cholera outbreak

The cause of the accident was overloading of the boat carrying 130 people.

Among the victims were several children (image used for illustrative purpose) [Shutterstock]

The cause of the accident was overloading of the boat carrying 130 people.

"The boat sank because it was overloaded and unfit to transport so many passengers. 91 people lost their lives," said Jaime Neto, secretary of state in the northern province of Nampula. Among the victims were several children.

According to Neto, most of the passengers tried to escape from the continent due to false information about the ongoing cholera epidemic.

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According to government statistics, almost 15,000 cases have been recorded since October in Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries.

The worst-affected region is Nampula province, accounting for a third of cases.

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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