At least 47 drown in Lake Malawi


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The Independent Online

At least 47 people thought to be illegal migrants from east Africa died when their boat capsized on Lake Malawi. They were apparently trying to enter northern Malawi from Tanzania and many on board may have been Ethiopians, police said.

"We have buried them in a mass grave because the bodies were in a bad condition. We are still searching for more on the lake," the Karonga district officer in charge, Teresa Nankhuni, said.

Organised crime syndicates have increasingly been smuggling people from Ethiopia and Somalia into Malawi because of its porous borders and proximity to mining jobs in neighbouring countries.