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Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry on Lake Victoria, as death toll reaches 200

The death toll soared past 200 while a survivor was found inside a capsized Tanzania ferry two days after the Lake Victoria disaster, officials said Saturday, while search efforts were ending to focus on identifying bodies.

The man, an engineer, had shut himself in a “special room” sealed with enough air to allow him to stay alive, according to reports from local member of parliament Joseph Mkundi.

Divers rescued him from inside the MV Nyerere after hearing sounds that indicated signs of life.

Relatives of the deceased had started to identify bodies of their loved ones, he said.

The ferry sank on Thursday evening just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island. Initial estimates suggested there were more than 300 people on board.

On Friday President John Magufuli ordered the arrest of those responsible for the sinking.

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