Death Toll In DR Congo Boat Mishap Rises To 129

Boat travelers on the lake
Boat travelers on the lake

Death toll in a boat mishap, which occurred last Thursday night, on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo has spiked to 129. An AFP report said rescue workers recovered the bodies.

In another mishap Saturday, the provincial government, on Saturday, said at least 26 people died, while others survived. The ill-fated boat was packed with passengers and goods upended.
The vessel, travelling north from Kalemie in Katanga province to Uvira in South Kivu province, sank in the early hours of Friday. The DRC has a frequency of deadly shipwrecks on its lakes and rivers, with the travelers often with safety jackets. Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world and also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia.

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