Up to 300 civilians have drowned during a ferry accident as they fled fighting in South Sudan according to a Sky News report.
Women and children are among the dead after the incident on Tuesday, the South Sudanese army has confirmed.
Since fighting started between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar over a month ago some 400,000 civilians have fled their homes.
Tuesday’s accident occured on the White Nile river as the civilians tried to escape battles in Malakal.
Army spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP: “The reports we have are of between 200 to 300 people, including women and children.
“The boat was overloaded. They all drowned. They were fleeing the fighting that broke out again in Malakal.”
Battles raged in several sites in South Sudan on Tuesday, including Malakal, the state capital of the oil-producing Upper Nile state.
Rebel forces staged a fresh attack to seize the town, which has already changed hands twice since the conflict began on December 15.
A United Nations peacekeeping base has been swamped by people seeking shelter, with numbers rising from 10,000 to 19,000.