Press Release on Zanzibar Ferry disaster
On Friday, 10th September 2011, the ferry M.V. Spice Island, travelling between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba and Tanga, capsized in deep waters in the Pemba Channel, north of Zanzibar island.
The true numbers of those injured or dead in the tragedy has yet to be established, but it is now acknowledged that there were many more passengers than the 610 listed on the ship manifest. As of Saturday night, 200 are dead, 500 have been rescued and many are still missing. The full extent of the tragedy will not be know for several more days.
Saidia Zanzibar will be posting updates in the coming days, including a Zanzibar bank account to which money can be sent and details of those organisations to whom the money will be subsequently be dispersed.
The fundraising effort will be overseen by the Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (www.zati.org) a registered NGO, who will co-ordinate donations and offers of assistance from their office located in the Cine Afrique in Malindi, Stone Town, Zanzibar.
Further updates will be posted throughout the period starting 12th September 2011.