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Backgrounder: Major boat mishaps in DR Congo since 2009

09-06-2010 14:57 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is a vast country crisscrossed by rivers, hence shipping is the main transportation means in the central west African country. Due to poor maintenance and loose implementation of safety standards, boat mishaps occurred frequently in the country. Following are the major boat accidents in the country since 2009.

On Sept. 28, 2009, a boat capsized on the Kasai River in the Kasai Occidental Province, killing at least 15 people.

On Nov. 25, 2009, a fully loaded passenger and cargo ship capsized on a river in the western Bandundu province due to bad weather, killing more than 70 people.

On Jan. 26, 2010, a ship capsized on a lake in Katanga province, killing at least nine people.

On April 26, 2010, a ship capsized on Lake Kivu on its route from the Kiwi Island to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, leaving at least 40 people missing.

On May 5, 2010, a ship capsized on the Congo River in eastern Maniema province, causing more than 100 people dead.

On July 28, 2010, a boat capsized on the Kasai River in the Kasai Occidental province, killing at least 49 people.

On Sept. 4, 2010, a boat accident occurred in central Kasai-Occidental province, causing more than 100 people missing.

On Sept. 5, 2010, a fishing boat capsized on the Ruki River in western Equateur province, leaving at least 15 people dead and 60-plus people missing.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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