Authorities fear 40 dead in east Congo after boat capsizes

BENI, CONGO (AP) — Authorities in eastern Congo fear more than 40 people are dead after a motorised wooden boat capsized on Lake Kivu overnight, officials said on Wednesday.

The boat was headed toward the regional capital of Goma when it sank near Kalehe in South Kivu province.

Three bodies have been recovered and more than 40 other people are still missing, according to head of a civil society group in KaleheDelphin Birimbi.

Authorities also said that 56 people had been rescued.

Eastern Congo has long been plagued by disastrous boat accidents since vessels are often overloaded with passengers and cargo.

Children gather around a wooden boat that convey two bodies of children in Mukwija in Eastern Congo. PHOTO: AP