43 Malawi-bound Ethiopians suffocate, die in truck

The bodies of 42 immigrants who were travelling to Malawi have been found in a truck in Tanzania in which they are believed to have suffocated.

Tanzania Deputy Interior Minister Pereira Silima said on Tuesday that the immigrants  “died of suffocation and had no food.”

Over 100 people were huddled in the truck, according to media reports.

It is understood the driver of the truck abandoned it and fled after he learned of the deaths.

The bodies were discovered in the truck in Dodoma province, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.

International media reports were indicating that the 42 were Malawian nationals but other reports in Tanzania media said they were Ethiopian nationals travelling to Malawi.

Malawi foreign affairs ministry said they are liaising with Tanzania authorities on the incident.

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