A local said: “Passengers are being carried when the wind blows and the water is submerged.
At least 26 people have been killed when a boat bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sank in Lake Albert. Ugandan authorities told AFP.
The boat was carrying “passengers underwater” in strong winds between two Ugandan locations on Wednesday, local official Ashraf Oromo said on Friday.
More than 50 people were on board, and 26 bodies were found and 21 rescued. The search is ongoing and the rest are not expected, he said.
Local officials from the DRC said at least 33 people had been killed.
A spokesman for the state government told Anadolu Agency that eight people had survived an incident near Kolokoto in the Mahagi prefecture of Ituri province of the DRC.
Local police officer Samuel Onyango confirmed the accident.
“Failure to comply with safety measures and adapting to rapidly changing weather conditions has resulted in a number of accidents at Lake Albert.”
Africa’s seventh largest lake is located between Uganda and the DRC. Many people in both countries, including traders, use the lake to transport goods.
Ituri Prefecture spokesman Jean-Marie Nyolo blamed government services for issuing official travel documents to boat operators.
The border between Uganda and the DRC was closed for months due to a coronavirus infection.
“The refugees are traders who want to return to their homeland with goods from Uganda,” he said. Investigations were quick. In particular, I realized that the Immigration Department was issuing illegal documents to cross the boat.
Boat accidents are often the cause of serious injuries, while events in remote areas are often unreported.
In April, 18 people drowned after two separate boats sank in the northeastern DRC.
Most accidents are mainly overloaded; This is due to non-compliance with shipping standards and the low condition of vessels.