Dozens dead after DRC boat capsizes
UN officials say the final death toll could reach as high as 80.
Last Modified: 07 May 2010 15:18 GMT

Dozens of people are dead or missing after a boat capsized in a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The boat, carrying 125 people, overturned on Wednesday evening in the Congo River near the city of Kindu, the capital of Congo's eastern Maniema province.

At least 20 people have been confirmed dead, and dozens more are missing.

Local officials say 45 people have been rescued from the water, and that rescue operations continue.

A spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in DR Congo said the final death toll could reach as high as 80.

It is unclear what caused the accident, though boats in the DRC are often overcrowded.

The country's roads and railways are in poor shape, having suffered decades of neglect and boats are a popular mode of travel.

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