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DR Congo: 36 people missing in boat disaster

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least 36 people are missing after a boat they were traveling in sunk on Sunday.

The boat sunk at Maluku commune, a district on the banks of the Congo River in Kinshasa’s suburbs.

Police say only 76 survivors have so far been accounted for. The boat came from the province of Mai-Ndombe, a province located southwest of the city of Kinshasa.

Authorities said the boat filled with goods and passengers capsized at Mambutuka locality in Maluku commune.

Although no bodies have been retrieved yet there are fears significant number of people could die from the disaster.

Congolese army’s naval forces have been deployed to handle the situation.

Such disasters are often around the city of Kinshasa and the province of Mai-Ndombe.

Dozens of boats leave with passengers to go to refuel agricultural goods and others.

Overload and poor conditions of the boats often contribute to the shipwrecks on the river and across the country.


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