This is the result of the sinking of a motorized wooden canoe that during the night Tuesday to Wednesday provided a commercial connection between an area of South Kivu and the city of Goma in North Kivu. As with many shipwrecks in Congolese waters, non-compliance with navigation standards has been identified.
as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
The boat left the city of Luhihi. It capsized around noon. 23 near the Nyabirehe site in the Kalehe area of southern Kivu. Without a formal manifesto, it is difficult for the authorities to have a precise balance.
Nevertheless, it is already a tragedy for Delphin Birimbi from the civil society consultation framework: “The canoe had more than 100 people on board. At the site, we had just recovered three lifeless bodies, 56 survivors and more than 41 missing. The reasons would be congestion of the canoe as it was not meant to transport people, it was a canoe that was only meant for transporting goods but also there had been a strong wave caused by the rain. ”
The crew evaporated in the wild
As part of the survivors, the crew members disappeared into the wild after the tragedy. For about two years, night traffic with temporary boats has been banned on the mighty Kivu Lake.
However, the authorities are struggling to enforce the measure, according to the concession from Dédé Mwamba, the administrator of the territory: “At. 23 the technical services do not work, that is, it is people who manage to travel at night. Therefore, they would deceive. Unfortunately, they had problems. During the day, they hide somewhere so they can go out at night. ”
In the absence of a specialized team, the work of searching for other bodies of fishermen is carried out. In most cases, the balances are exacerbated by the fact that passengers do not wear life jackets. For this shipwreck, the majority of the survivors were rescued by swimming and thanks to the intervention of the fishermen.