Some 138 people died when an overloaded boat carrying passengers and goods capsized in bad weather in Democratic Republic of Congo, police said on Thursday.
The accident took place in the western Bandundu province, some 300 km (185 miles) east of Kinshasa, the capital of the vast central African nation.
“The boat was badly overloaded and it didn’t make the rough waters,” Jolly Limengo, provincial inspector of police for Bandundu, was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Decades of conflict and neglect have left the nation’s infrastructure in tatters, meaning travel by air and river are often the best or only option for Congolese travellers.
138 die as boat sinks in DR Congo