Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Dozens feared dead as boat sinks in DR Congo

Seventy-six were rescued, but a further 36 are missing after Sunday's accident

Many travel by boat due to poor road consitions. AFP
Many travel by boat due to poor road consitions. AFP

Thirty-six people are missing after a boat sank in the Congo river on the outskirts of the capital Kinshasa, DR Congo police said on Sunday.

The whaler-type boat was travelling from Mai Ndombe province when it sank in Maluku commune, about 100 kilometres from its destination, Kinshasa.

The accident happened 100km from Kinshasa.
The accident happened 100km from Kinshasa.

"The cause of the accident is not yet known," police spokesperson Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu told AFP.

Seventy-six people were rescued from the river.

Lake and river transport is widely used in Democratic Republic of Congo as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.

In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.

Updated: September 16, 2019 08:20 AM

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