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Dec 14, 2014

05:37:15 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Africa - Democratic Republic of the Congo

EDIS Number: VI-20141214-46321-COG

Date / time: 14/12/2014 05:35:55 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Africa

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

State/County: Lake Tanganyika

Location: [En route from Kalemie in Katanga province to Uvira in South Kivu province]

Number of Deads: 26 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: 221 person(s)

Damage level: Heavy


At least 26 people have drowned after a boat packed with passengers and goods capsized on Lake Tanganyika in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. The vessel, which was travelling north from Kalemie in Katanga province to Uvira in South Kivu province, sank in the early hours of Friday, survivors speaking by telephone from Katanga's capital Lubumbashi told AFP. Some 221 passengers were rescued, said Katanga's transport minister Laurent Kahozi Sumba, adding the boat appeared to be carrying excess weight. Deadly shipwrecks are frequent on the lakes and rivers of DRC, where boats are often overloaded, life jackets frequently missing and many people cannot swim. Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world and also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia.

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