According to local media sources, a boat transporting people collapsed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), causing more than 40 individuals to pass away while 167 others were still missing.
The incident happened on October 13 on the Congo River, close to the city of Mbandaka, the capital of the Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is situated around 700 kilometers northeast of Kinshasa.
According to media accounts quoting a civic society organization participating in rescue and recovery efforts, the aforementioned boat was overcrowded with more than 300 passengers and cargo.
189 of the unfortunate boat’s passengers were saved after it capsized.
According to reports, the yacht was operating outside safety restrictions by sailing at night.
Boats are a typical form of transportation in the vast, forested terrain of the DRC because there aren’t many paved roads there.
According to reports, overloading, poor maintenance, and nighttime cruising are some of the causes of boat accidents in the nation.