Search continues after barge sinks in DR Congo


BBC World Service

A search is continuing for around 20 people feared to have drowned when a barge sank on the Congo River in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Officials say the barge sank on Friday evening as it left Kisangani, the capital of Tshopo province, heading for the town of Basoko.

They said more than 200 people had survived but six bodies had been recovered.

Boat accidents are common in the country’s waterways.

Many vessels are old, poorly maintained, and overloaded.

Captains often turn a blind eye to safety rules despite requirements passed in April 2019 for all passengers to wear life jackets.