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Over 80 dead, including 21 children, in Congo boat capsizing

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

International media recently reported that as a result of the capsizing of a boat in the Kwa River in the African country of Congo, at least 86 people, including 21 children, drowned and lost their lives.

According to Al Jazeera, this incident occurred around 11 PM on Tuesday night in the village of Lediba, precisely when the boat’s passengers were traveling from the city of Mushisate to Kinshasa, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

Congo officials announced that more than one hundred people were rescued following the incident, but the possibility of an increase in the death toll remains.

Reports indicate that the primary reason for the boat’s capsizing was overloading, but investigations into the exact causes of the sinking have begun.

Similar incidents of boat capsizing have previously taken lives in the African country of Congo. In the most recent case in January last year, over 100 people went missing after a boat capsized in the Lulonga River.

The dire situation of refugees due to conflict and poverty in the region exacerbates the risks associated with such travel. Many people, driven by desperation and lack of safe alternatives, resort to overcrowded and unsafe means of transport, further endangering their lives.

Humanitarian organizations have been calling for more robust support and interventions to address the root causes of such tragedies, emphasizing the need for increased safety measures and aid to support vulnerable populations affected by ongoing conflicts and economic hardship.

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