Tuesday 22 October 2019

Thirty dead and 200 missing as boat sinks on lake crossing

At least 30 people are dead and another 200 are missing after a boat sank on a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities say
At least 30 people are dead and another 200 are missing after a boat sank on a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities say

At least 30 people are dead and another 200 are missing after a boat sank on a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities say.

Simon Mboo Wemba, the mayor of Inongo, told reporters that many of those on board the boat that sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe were teachers.

The mayor said they had travelled to collect their salaries by boat because roads in the region are so poor.

It was not immediately known how many people were on board the boat when it hit bad weather late on Saturday.

But officials estimate several hundred were on board. More than 80 people survived.

Irish Independent

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