Thirteen people are dead and 142 still missing from a passenger boat that sank this week on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the president said on Thursday.
On his first tour of eastern Congo since taking office in January, Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi told reporters near the site of the accident in South Kivu province that 37 passengers had been rescued.
Local fishermen were searching for the missing.
The boat, a smaller type known as a pirogue, had set out from neighbouring North Kivu province on Monday and foundered on the lake near South Kivu’s Kalehe territory.
Deadly boat accidents are common in Congo, which has few tarred roads across its vast, forested interior and where vessels are frequently loaded well beyond their capacity.