According to the authorities of the African country, around 50 people died from the sinking of a boat in the Congo while crossing the province of Mongala in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The provincial minister of transport and communications, Jose Misiso, told the Congolese news portal 7sur7 that the incident on Wednesday has left 51 dead, 30 rescued and 69 missing.
He emphasized that it was a temporary compensation, while the search and rescue operations in the area to try to locate the disappeared, he said, at the same time, he said that the shipwreck was attributed to “congestion and bad weather”.
According to the Congolese radio station Radio Okapi, the boat sank around midnight on Wednesday after starting its voyage in the town of Moenge in Tshopo Province. Witnesses have emphasized that there could be up to 300 people on the boat, although this has not been officially confirmed.
The Congo and its tributaries are an important route for goods and people transportation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to poor road conditions and the rugged and forested areas of large parts of the country that make the river a key route in the country.