Gần 100 người chết sau khi tàu chở quá tải chìm ngoài khơi Mozambique

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Nearly 100 people died and more than a dozen were missing (mất tích) after an overcrowded boat sank off the coast of Mozambique, the local authorities said on Monday.

The vessel was carrying about 130 people, well above its capacity, Jaime Neto, the secretary of state of Nampula Province, where the disaster took place (thảm họa xảy ra) on Sunday, said on national television.

Since October, the southern African country has recorded about 15,000 cases of cholera, a waterborne disease, and 32 deaths, according to government data. Nampula Province has been one of the most affected areas, but Stéphane Foulon, the head of mission for Doctors Without Borders in Mozambique, said that there had been no recent cases reported in the district from which the boat had departed (con thuyền rời đi).

Silverio Nauaito, the island’s administrator, told TVM, the national broadcaster (đài truyền hình quốc gia), that the victims were mostly women. Some funerals were already being held on the island, according to the broadcaster.

Mozambique was a Portuguese colony until it gained its independence in 1975. The island of Mozambique was a Portuguese trading post on the route to India and one of the main ports for the slave trade during colonial times (thời thuộc địa).

source: nytimes,

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