Congo river disaster: at least 60 dead and hundreds missing after ‘overloaded’ boat sinks

Whaling vessel was carrying 700 passengers at night from Kinshasa when it sank, minister says

At least 60 people have died and hundreds more are missing after an overloaded whaling boat sank on the Congo river at night, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s humanitarian affairs minister has said.

Minister Steve Mbikayi said more than 700 people had been aboard the vessel but that only 300 survivors had been found so far at the site of the disaster in Mai-Ndombe province in the west of the country.

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