June 16, 2020 / 2:39 PM / 20 days ago

Dozens missing after boat capsizes on Congo side of Lake Kivu

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 15 (Reuters) - D ozens of people were missing after a boat sank on Lake Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, government officials and a civil society leader said on Tuesday.

The accident occurred early on Monday around 20 minutes after the boat departed from an island in the lake bound for the regional capital Goma 30 km away, Norbert Rugusha, a government official in charge of the lake, said without elaborating.

The boat had left the village of Kisheke on Idjwi island in Lake Kivu, which divides Congo and Rwanda, with up to 80 people aboard at around midnight on Sunday, according to Esther Muratwa, president of a local civic rights group.

She said fishermen who went to help with the rescue found 19 survivors.

Reporting by Sammy Mupfuni and Djaffar Al Katanty Writing by Hereward Holland Editing by Bate Felix and Mark Heinrich

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