Thursday, April 18, 2019

DR Congo Declares Mourning As 127 Feared Dead In Boat Sinking

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has declared today a day of mourning with 114 people still missing days after a boat capsized on Lake Kivu, killing 13, the presidency said.

He has also decided to make it obligatory for passengers on the lake, the site of regular drownings, to wear lifebuoys, Tshisekedi’s office said in a statement.

The motorised boat, known locally as a pirogue, had left the city of Goma on Lake Kivu’s northern shore and was headed for the town of Kalehe to the west when it capsized Monday night.