Boat sinks in Congo river, 36 people missing – Details

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Boat sinks in Congo river, 36 people missing – Details.

A boat has sunk in Congo river, AFP news agency reported citing the police of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As many as 36 people have gone missing as a result of the incident.

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“The cause of the accident is not yet known,” police spokesperson Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu told Agence France-Presse.

Lake and river transport is widely used in Democratic Republic of Congo as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.

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The boat involved was called a “baleiniere” or “whaler” – a commonly-used flat-bottomed vessel between 15 to 30 metres (50 to 100 feet) long by two to 6 metres wide.

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In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.

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