Boating disaster on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Two boats collided on Thursday near the town of Lombolombo on the Congo River in the DRC. Reports indicate that at least 100 people survived, however, due to lack of a passenger manifest, the total number of people on board and the number missing is unknown.

The World Health Organization, which was waiting for delivery of medical supplies, stated that overloaded barges and passenger boats frequently sink in the DRC on lakes and on the Congo River due to aging vessels and failure to follow the rules of navigation. Less than two weeks ago, a boat sank on Lake Tanganyika, leaving at least 130 dead.

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