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People look Sunday in the Dakar City Hall at photos of people who died when a ferry capsized Thursday off the coast of Gambia. More than 900 people are feared dead.
DAKAR, Senegal, Sept. 30 ‚ÄĒ Senegal‚Äôs government promised answers Monday in the sinking of a state-run ferry after revealing that it was even more deadly than first announced, with 970 people believed missing or dead.
ONLY 64 PEOPLE are known to have survived when the MS Joola overturned in the Atlantic Ocean off Africa‚Äôs west coast in heavy winds four days ago. The toll soared Sunday when the government said that 1,034 were on board, not 797 as was first announced.
In long, solemn queues through the weekend, thousands of people pored over photos of the bloodied, bloated victims of one of Africa‚Äôs deadliest ferry accidents Sunday.
More than 350 bodies have been retrieved so far. Authorities plan to complete an investigation Monday into what caused the boat to topple over off Gambia, a narrow former English colony that divides north and south Senegal.