Death toll spikes in DRC boat tragedy

At least 129 people killed in a boat accident on Lake Tanganyika, according to new official death toll.

    At least 129 people have drowned after a boat capsized on Thursday night on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll, the AFP news agency said.

    "Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," an official told AFP.

    On Saturday, the provincial government said at least 26 people had died after the boat packed with passengers and goods capsized.

    The vessel, which was travelling north from Kalemie in Katanga province to Uvira in South Kivu province, sank in the early hours of Friday, survivors speaking by telephone from Katanga's capital Lubumbashi said.

    Deadly shipwrecks are frequent on the lakes and rivers of DRC, where boats are often overloaded, life jackets frequently missing and many people cannot swim.

    Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world and also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.