Congo Boat Accident Kills 47, 100 Missing


Officials say a motorized boat has sunk in Congo, killing at least 47 people. Some 100 people are missing.

A district commissioner says 47 bodies had been recovered from the Ubangi River. Twenty-seven survivors were helped to shore.

He says the boat was carrying at least 182 passengers, mostly merchants but also women and children.

The boat was headed for the Central African Republic when it went down Tuesday after leaving the Congo town of Mobayi Bongo.

Because of the bad shape of roads, many people prefer to take the small boats even if they don't know how to swim.

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