KINSHASA May 5 At least one person died and a
dozen others were missing after a boat capsized in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman for the United Nations
mission in the country said on Monday.
A U.N. drone spotted the vessel capsizing on Lake Kivu and
peacekeepers intervened, Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Prosper Basse,
a spokesman for the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC, told
"A corpse was recovered and 14 people were rescued. We were
told about a dozen others are still missing," Basse said, adding
that it was unclear how many people the boat had been carrying.
The vessel had been travelling to Congo's North Kivu
Province from South Kivu.
Accidents are common on the Great Lakes of central Africa
due to overloading, lack of maintenance and lax enforcement of
safety standards. In March, 107 people died when a boat carrying
refugees capsized in Lake Albert, north of Lake Kivu.
(Reporting by Bienvenu Marie-Bakumanya; writing by Bate Felix;
editing by Andrew Roche)