32 missing after boat sinks in DR Congo

Many Congolese people use lakes and rivers to travel to parts of the country that are not connected by roads. (Getty Images )
Updated 16 August 2019

32 missing after boat sinks in DR Congo

  • 46 people were rescued and 32 are missing, said local authorities in the province of South Kivu
  • Such incidents occur regularly in DR Congo, with poorly built and maintained boats often overloaded with people and cargo while safety equipment is minimal

BUKAVU, DR Congo: Thirty-two people are missing, feared dead, after a boat carrying more than 70 passengers capsized on Lake Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Friday.
Initial reports after the motorized piroque — a large canoe — sank Thursday evening “indicate that 46 people were rescued and 32 are missing,” local authorities in the province of South Kivu said in a statement.
It did not give a death toll but said each affected family had been given money to organize “funeral arrangements worthy of our drowned countrymen.”
“Overloading was the main cause of the capsize,” local head Christian Chiringwi in Luhihi told AFP.
In the neighboring province of Tanganyika meanwhile a similar accident late Thursday left two people dead, local officials said.
Such incidents occur regularly in DR Congo, with poorly built and maintained boats often overloaded with people and cargo while safety equipment is minimal.
In the worst recent accident, 142 people drowned when their boat sank on Lake Kivu in April.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 52 min 19 sec ago

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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