Congo boat owner says 72 missing in boat capsize

April 25, 2011 2:25:40 AM PDT
A boat owner in eastern Congo says 72 people are missing after his boat capsized, possibly because of bad weather and high winds. Owner Maneno Muzuka says seven survivors were recovered from the capsize that happened early Monday on Lake Kivu. Bukavu town security chief Jeanmarie Bwishe says 80 people were on board.

Congo is a vast country of jungles and huge rivers in Central Africa with few paved roads. Many people prefer to take boats even if they do not know how to swim.

The boats are often in poor repair and filled beyond capacity, and the industry is not well-regulated.

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