50 dead in boat accident in northwest DR Congo

Sinking boat

No fewer than 50 people reportedly died in a boat accident on a river in remote Northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday.

The accident happened on the Momboyo river on Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, Vice Governor of Tshuapa Province, told AFP.

“We found 49 bodies on Thursday and another one this morning,” Iluka said.

The boat had been transporting passengers and a large number of goods from the town of Monkoto to the city of Mabandaka in Equateur province, local residents said.

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