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Three drowned, dozens missing, after boat sinks in Congo lake

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By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 18:23

Three drowned, dozens missing, after boat sinks in Congo lake

At least two children and one woman have drowned after a passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Wednesday (January 6), as survivors warned that dozens more were still missing.

The boat, bound for the regional capital Goma, capsized overnight on Tuesday (January 5), after having set off in the dark overloaded and from an illegal mooring, regional government spokesman Claude Basila said.

Deadly boat accidents are common in Congo, which has few tarred roads across its vast, forested territory and where vessels are frequently loaded well beyond their capacity.

The spokesman said the boat had 51 passengers on board, of whom 46 were rescued, three died, leaving two missing.

However, survivors who were rescued by local boatsmen said the vessel had been carrying at least 100 passengers.

A survivor, Mubatiza Mukanirwa, said his wife and children had drowned. He estimated the boat had been carrying nearly 250 people, while another survivor thought 200 had been on board.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 18:23

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