Six killed, 23 missing in DR Congo boat accident

Six people died and 23 others are still missing after a motor boat capsized on Monday in Lake Kivu, an official from the Water Transport Authority (RVF) said in Goma, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).


The boat belonging to the North Kivu provincial government, was transporting 48 passengers. It capsized at around 9:20 a.m. (local time), near Taligeza locality in South Kivu province.

wpid-A-local-enters-the-sea-to-help-a-boat-of-Syrian-refugees-arriving-on-the-shores-of-Lesvos-Island-in-Greece-on-an-inflatable-boat-from-Turkey-August-23-2-300x169.jpg“The vessel left Goma at around 7:30 a.m. heading to Katana in South Kivu, with 48 passengers on board and crew members. About two hours later, the boat sunk. Twenty-six people were rescued by fishermen. The death toll may rise because many of the passengers are still missing,” the RVF official said.

He said the accident was caused by bad weather conditions on Lake Kivu.

In Goma, many traders on Lake Kivu and North Kivu civil society members said many governmental boats were old and not suitable for transportation.

“It is important to highlight the bad state of government’s motor boats. In fact, the government’s motor boats are not only poorly adapted to sail on Lake Kivu, but they are also very old,” said Madawu Sibanda, a member of North Kivu civil society.

In May 2014, 14 people lost their lives in another boat accident on Lake Kivu, which also involved a motor boat belonging to the Congolese government. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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