The boat had been been travelling from Remba Island to Kiwa Island when it collided with a fishing boat in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A local official said fishermen responding to distress calls rescued 21 of the 23 people on board the passenger boat and recovered the children’s bodies.
There were no casualties on the fishing vessel, which also capsized.
The region’s police chief Willy Lugusa said the bodies of two children have been recovered.
Initial reports from the area stated the passenger boat had been carrying 200 people with local media claiming as many as 30 people were feared dead, but police have since confirmed the boat had 23 people on board, 21 of whom have now been rescued, Lugusa said.
There were four fishermen on the fishing boat with no casualities.
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