Two Boats Capsize in Congo: 70 Dead, 200 Missing

In separate incidents, two boats capsized in the Congo, leaving 70 people dead and 200 missing, according to the Associated Press. Both vessels were heavily loaded and operating with few safety measures in place. One of the boats was traveling along a river in Equateur Province during the night with no light. That boat hit a rock and capsized, killing 70 of an estimated 100 passengers. In a separate incident in Kasia Occidental Province, 200 people were feared dead after a boat full of passengers and fuel drums caught fire and capsized in southern Congo. If the numbers prove true, the boating accident in southern Congo would be the deadliest boating accident in Central Africa this year.


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