Dozens missing as boat capsizes on Congo’s Lake Kivu

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Dozens of people were missing after a boat sank on Lake Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, government officials and a civil society leader said on Tuesday.

“The accident occurred early on Monday around 20 minutes after the boat departed from an island in the lake bound for the regional capital Goma 30 km away,” a government official in charge of the lake, Norbert Rugusha said.

The boat had left the “village of Kisheke on Idjwi island in Lake Kivu”, which divides Congo and Rwanda, with up to 80 people aboard at around midnight on Sunday, according to President of a local civic rights group, Esther Muratwa.

She said fishermen who went to help with the rescue found 19 survivors.

 

Olajumoke Adeleke

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