At least 30 drown, 160 missing in DR Congo accident

DR CONGO: At least 30 people are known to have drowned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when a boat capsized in the Congo River.

There are fears that the number of casualties could rise as search and rescue efforts continue.

Over 160 people are still missing as a result of the boat accident on Friday near Mbandaka in the north-west.

Reports suggest the boat, which was sailing at night in breach of regulations, might have been overloaded.

Officials say it was carrying more than 300 people as well as cargo, including cement, fuel and iron bars.

In the absence of a national road network, river transport is commonly used in DR Congo, and accidents are frequent.

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