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Last Post 27 May 2019 08:47 PM by nikos. 0 Replies.
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27 May 2019 08:47 PM  
At least 45 people have died after a boat sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo.

The provincial governor, Antoine Masamba, said the vessel was carrying more than 400 people, with reports that about 200 passengers are still missing.

The majority of those on board were teachers going to collect their salaries, a local mayor told the BBC.

He said 11 children were among those who died when the old and overcrowded boat went down in strong waves.

The vessel, bound for Boliangwa, sank on Saturday evening almost 30km (18 miles) from the town of Inongo, its point of departure and capital of Mai-Ndombe Province.

Officials warn the search and recovery operations on the lake could take between two and three weeks.

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