Over 50 people die in Congo boat capsize

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At least 55 people have died in a boat accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities have confirmed.

Many people were still missing, spokesperson Jose Misiso said on Friday.

The overcrowded boat was travelling on the Congo River and capsized close to the town of Bumba in the northern Mongala province in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to the spokesperson, only 30 people had been rescued so far. The exact number of missing people was unclear.

While the authorities said 75 passengers were still missing, survivors spoke of a total of 400 people who had been on board.

The Congo River and its tributaries are an important traffic route for many people in Congo due to poor road infrastructure in the country.

The boats are often overcrowded, however, and accidents are a common occurrence.

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