More than 50 people have been killed in a shipwreck off the Comoros. The passenger boat sunk in rough seas after its engines failed, according to initial reports.
The vessel was ferrying more than 100 people from the capital Moroni to the island of Anjouan when it hit rocks off the coast of the main island.
A large number of those on board managed to swim to safety ashore. Authorities say others perished in the submerged wreckage. Their remains will only be found when the seas calm.
Boats are an important mode of transport between the Indian Ocean archipelago’s three islands and accidents are relatively common.