Congo: 70 dead in 2nd weekend boat capsize

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September 5, 2010 23:25

 
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KINSHASA, Congo — A Congolese official reported Sunday that 70 people are believed dead after a riverboat capsized in the second reported deadly boat tipping.

Equateur Province spokeswoman Ebale Engumba said the boat hit a rock early Saturday in northwest Congo.

Another boat tipping in Kasai Occidental Province left 200 people feared dead after the overloaded boat caught fire Saturday evening.

Congo is a vast country of jungles and huge rivers in Central Africa with little more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) of paved road. Many people prefer to take boats even if they do not know how to swim.

The boats are often in poor repair and filled beyond capacity, and the industry is poorly regulated.

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