BY NANGAYI GUYSON IN KAMPALA UGANDA – Kinshasa -At least over 70 people on boat have been reported after a riverboat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the weekend, an official said.
On the another side , a boat also in Kasai Occidental Province left 200 people feared dead after the overloaded boat caught fire on Saturday evening.
The boats are often in poor repair and filled beyond capacity, and the industry is poorly regulated.
The DRC is a vast country of jungles and huge rivers in Central Africa with little more than 480km of paved road. Many people prefer to take boats even if they do not know how to swim.