Dozens feared dead in DR Congo boat accident

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Edwin Eriye

At least 34 people are feared drowned after a boat sank on the River Congo.

The British Broadcasting Commission reported that the Police had been able to rescues 76 passengers from the whaleboat.
The boat was travelling to DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa from Mai Ndombe province, north of the city.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but it is unlikely that passengers were equipped with life jackets.

A correspondent to the Commission said “accidents on the waterways are common in DR Congo, often caused by overloading and unsafe vessels, many passengers on board the whaleboats, which are up to 40m (130 ft.) long and often with two decks, are unable to swim.

“The boats are often relied upon as a means of transport, as DR Congo’s road network is poorly maintained

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