60 killed, hundreds missing in Congo boat capsizing
Published: 01:16 PM, 16 February 2021
At least 60 people have been killed after a boat carrying about 700 passengers capsized in the western Congo River. At least 300 people have been rescued alive. Hundreds of more passengers are still missing.
The boat carrying extra passengers capsized in the Congo River in the western province of Mai-Ndombe on Tuesday night (February 16), local time, the country’s humanitarian minister Steve Mbikayi said.
He added that the boat had about 700 passengers. 300 of them have been rescued.
The boat left Kinshasa for Mbandaka on Sunday night (February 14). The incident is believed to have been caused by “the use of risky boats and the extra passengers and shipments”. The minister said boating at night was also one of the reasons for the accident.
Steve Mbikayi extends his condolences to the bereaved families.
Such accidents often occur on Congolese rivers due to unsafe conditions.