Police said on Saturday that more than 160 people were killed and another 300-plus passengers are still missing after a ferry carrying more than 600 passengers capsized overnight between Zanzibar and Pemba island off the east African country of Tanzania.
The ship was traveling Friday night from Zanzibar to Pemba, about 40 km (25 miles) from Zanzibar, when it capsized at Nungwi area.
Issa Haji Ussi, Zanzibar Deputy Minister of Communication and Infrastructure said some 260 people have been so far rescued out of the over 600 people on board.
Rescue is underway with the help of some fishing boats in that area while the bodies retrieved are being brought to Zanzibar National Ground where relatives of the victims went to identify them.
Commuters who regularly take ferries between the two islands complained that the ferries are always in poor state of repair and are often overcrowded and loaded with cargo.
Zanzibar government has termed the accident, the worst of its kind, as disaster for the whole nation.
Report said the government in Zanzibar had promised to invest in bigger, more reliable vessels to ferry passengers between the two island.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa. It consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba, which are the main islands of the Zanzibar archipelago, a popular destination for tourists visiting their Indian Ocean beaches.