Death Toll in Ferry Sinking Revised Upward

From Times Wire Reports

The September sinking of a state-run ferry killed 1,863 people, the prime minister said, more than 700 above the count issued by an earlier government inquiry.

Officials previously said 1,153 people died and 64 survived when the Joola sank, making it Africa’s deadliest ferry disaster. The Joola was built to hold 550 people.

Prime Minister Idrissa Seck gave the new estimate in his annual formal address to the nation’s legislature.