Dozens feared dead as boat sinks in DR Congo

Seventy-six were rescued, but a further 36 are missing after Sunday's accident

A military truck of the United Nations Organisation and Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrols on the road linking Beni to Mangina on August 23, 2018 in Beni, in the North Kivu province. - Sixty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the authorities said, adding that four novel drugs had been added to the roster of treatments. The outbreak began on August 1 in Mangina, the epicentre of the outbreak in the North Kivu province, and cases have been reported in neighbouring Ituri province. It is the 10th outbreak to strike the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country. (Photo by John WESSELS / AFP)
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Thirty-six people are missing after a boat sank in the Congo river on the outskirts of the capital Kinshasa, DR Congo police said on Sunday.

The whaler-type boat was travelling from Mai Ndombe province when it sank in Maluku commune, about 100 kilometres from its destination, Kinshasa.

The accident happened 100km from Kinshasa.
The accident happened 100km from Kinshasa.

"The cause of the accident is not yet known," police spokesperson Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu told AFP.

Seventy-six people were rescued from the river.

Lake and river transport is widely used in Democratic Republic of Congo as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.
In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.