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Ferry sank on lake Kivu in Congo: 150 missing

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo after an accident with a ferry about 150 people on board went missing. The boat sank Monday night in the lake Kivu, in the east of the country.

Regional minister for Transport Jacqueline Ngengele stated that of the estimated 200 passengers, only 40 people could be saved. Official counts to speak about at least three dead. According to Ngengele are the bad weather and an overloaded boat at the base of the shipwreck. Another controller reported that the ship was outdated and the passengers have no life jackets carried.

President Tshisekedi tweeted already ‘deeply saddened’ by the tragedy, and he expressed his condolences to the relatives.

Accidents involving ferries are commonplace on the Congolese rivers and lakes. One of the worst incidents occurred in may 2001. Then sank a ferry on lake Kivu in Goma and drowned between 100 and 150 people.

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