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36 people feared drowned, 66 others rescued after boat mishap in DRC

36 people feared drowned, 66 others rescued after boat mishap in DRC

Rescue officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had a tough job trying to rescue survivors when a boat sank in the Congo river on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

Authorities say no less than 36 victims were feared drowned, while 66 others were rescued when the vessel, which was travelling to the capital, went down overnight on Sunday in Maluku commune, about 100km (62 miles) from the centre of the city.

Seventy-six people survived, police wrote on Twitter.

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“The cause of the accident is not yet known,” police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu said.

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

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