Boat Mishap: Sixty Reported Dead In DR Congo

Posted by OUR REPORTER | 16 February 2021 | 1,615 times

File photo of passenger canoes


At least 60 people have been feared dead following an accident involving a passenger barge carrying more than 700 people which capsized on the Congo River at night.

The Democratic Republic of Congo's humanitarian affairs minister announced this on Monday.

About 300 survivors had been found near the scene of the accident in Mai-Ndombe province in the west of the country, but another 240 remained unaccounted for, Steve Mbikayi wrote on Twitter.

“So far the rescue team has recovered 60 bodies and 300 survivors. There are still several missing after this shipwreck,” Mbikayi said in an interview.

Boat accidents are a hazard in the vast mineral-rich country, which has few tarred roads across its forested interior, and where vessels are often overloaded with passengers and cargo. (Credit: Reuters)


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