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Congo Boating Accident Kills at Least 80 People, Red Cross Says

July 29, 2011

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- At least 80 people are presumed dead after a boat accident in Democratic Republic of Congo, said Gyna Bafala, provincial secretary of the Congolese Red Cross.

A private boat was travelling down a tributary of the Congo River near Ingende in Equateur province late yesterday when it collided with a convoy of small wooden boats, Bafala said by phone today from Mbandaka, the provincial capital. None of the boats had lights, he said.

The wooden boats “were filled with great numbers of people and merchandise,” Bafala said. Equateur’s minister of health sent officials to investigate the accident, he said.

At least 115 people survived the crash, Lambert Mende, Congo’s minister of information, said in an e-mailed statement. The Transport Ministry has outlawed boats from travelling at night, the statement said.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Fergal O’Brien.

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