Lake Mai-Ndombe accident: 45 lifeless, 200 lacking in DR Congo

Sombre people looking on at the rescue effort on Lake Mai-Ndombe in DR CongoPicture copyright
Blaise Mabala

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Folks look on because the rescue effort continues on Lake Mai-Ndombe

Not less than 45 individuals have died after a ship sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo.

The provincial governor, Antoine Masamba, stated the vessel was carrying greater than 400 individuals, with stories that about 200 passengers are nonetheless lacking.

Nearly all of these on board have been lecturers going to gather their salaries, an area mayor advised the BBC.

He stated 11 kids have been amongst those that died when the previous and overcrowded boat went down in robust waves.

The vessel, certain for Boliangwa, sank on Saturday night virtually 30km (18 miles) from the city of Inongo, its level of departure and capital of Mai-Ndombe Province.

The mayor of Inongo, Simon Mboo Wemba, stated police had arrested the captain of the boat and the investigation was ongoing.

Officers warn the search and restoration operations on the lake may take between two and three weeks.

The BBC’s Gaius Kowene within the capital, Kinshasa, says boat accidents are frequent in DR Congo due to overloading and poor upkeep

DR Congo, which is in regards to the dimension of mainland western Europe, has a poor highway community and plenty of areas are inaccessible until by air or boat – and the nation’s solely super-highway is the Congo River.

Final month, a minimum of 167 individuals died in two boat accidents on Lake Kivu.

This prompted Félix Tshisekedi, who turned president in January, to make it necessary for passengers to put on life jackets.

However it isn’t clear if these on the boat that sank on Saturday have been sporting any.

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