KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua)
-- More than 40 people were drowned
after a boat sank last Saturday night on the Ubangi River in
northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local
authorities in the North Ubangi Province said.
Gbodi Kete, the
administrator of the territory of Bosobolo told Xinhua late
Thursday that among the dead were at least 18 Central African
Republic citizens whose bodies have been recovered with the
other Congolese passengers who died during the accident.
The boat that was
already in a dilapidated state was sailing nightly from the
Central African Republic on the River when it capsized, he
A source of the
cabinet of the governor of North Ubangi Province said that more
people could be drowned because so far the exact number of
passengers and goods from the country of departure was not
Cases of shipwrecks
on the lakes and rivers are not uncommon in DR Congo. The poor
condition and overloading of the boats are often the root cause
for most of these accidents. In addition, authorities say night
travel on waters also increases safety risks.
Since the beginning
of this year, authorities have even decided to prohibit all
night navigation of boats on the river to avoid accidents.
In September, 27
people died in a wreck that occurred on the Mongala River in
Mongala province in the northwest of the country.
DR Congo mine
collapse kills at least 32
BUKAVU, DR Congo Democratic Republic of
Congo (Xinhua) -- At least 32 bodies
of illegal miners were found on Thursday after the collapse of
an artisanal gold mine on October 4 in South Kivu Province in
eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to local
A statement made
late Thursday by Deogratias Musafiri, president of the civil
society of Fizi in the province of South Kivu, said that the
provisional record shows 32 people were dead and removed from
the well on Thursday afternoon.
Musafiri said that
the collapse followed heavy rains that hit the territory of
Misisi and caused flooding on the night of October 4.
Since the collapse
of the mine, the search team has struggled to conduct proper
search work due to lack of resources. The recovery of the 32
bodies was said to be due to money support for search operation
from a close associate of the nation’s president, Joseph Kabila.
According to sources
on site, several bodies are still buried more than 70 meters
Authorities on site
blame lack of maintenance of the well as a major cause for the
mine’s collapse. Many Congolese artisanal miners work in mines
that do not respect the conditions and safety standards.
Authorities in South
Kivu Province decommissioned several artisanal mines in some
areas of South Kivu province in 2017 after a series of incidents
recorded at the mines. The province is also among the provinces
that record the most landslides during rainy seasons.
president postpones visit to DRC due to illness
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has
postponed a scheduled visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC) due to an upper-respiratory-tract infection, the
Presidency said on Tuesday.
Ramaphosa was due to
travel to Kinshasa on Monday, but was advised by doctors to
recover from an upper-respiratory-tract infection before
undertaking prolonged travel, presidential spokesperson Khusela
The president “is
receiving medical attention and making a good recovery,” Diko
The South African
government has been in communication with the DRC government
regarding this change in Ramaphosa’s schedule, Diko said.
Ramaphosa and his
DRC counterpart, Joseph Kabila, had been expected to ratify the
agreements reached between the two countries at the 11th
Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) currently underway
The two leaders will
ratify the agreements at a future stage, according to Diko.
The South African
government has expressed its appreciation for the DRC’s hosting
of the official and ministerial deliberations that have taken
place in Kinshasa in preparation for the participation of the
two heads of government in the BNC, Diko said.
The BNC was
established in 2004 to promote political, economic, and social
cooperation between the two countries.
establishment of the BNC, the two countries have strengthened
their bilateral cooperation in various fields, resulting in 33
agreements having been signed.
instruments cover a wide range of areas, including agriculture,
defense, trade and investment, health, police, energy, public
service and administration, cooperative governance, transport,
and immigration, according to the Presidency.
response to Ebola in DR Congo: WHO
GENEVA (Xinhua) --
Response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is becoming increasingly
undermined by security challenges, which could lead to the virus
continuing to spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned
The WHO said the
conflict between rebel and government forces, as well as pockets
of community push-back on the response, have challenged Ebola
response teams and led to a recent increase in the incidence of
new Ebola cases.
statistics show that as of Thursday, a total of 200 Ebola cases,
including 165 confirmed cases and 35 probable cases, had been
reported, with a death toll of 125. Some 39 new confirmed cases
have been reported this month alone, of which 32 were from Beni,
one of the epicenters in North Kivu Province.
As of Thursday, some
15,828 people at risk had been vaccinated, including more than
6,300 health and frontline workers and over 3,400 children.
Meanwhile, vaccinations have also been in progress in
neighboring Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi.
The WHO maintains
that the Ebola risk in the DRC is very high at national and
regional levels, but is low globally, thus advises against
imposing any travel and trade restrictions to the DRC.
Currently, the WHO,
local health authority, and other international partners are
monitoring more than 8,000 registered contacts, the vast
majority being at Beni Health Zone. The greatest challenges in
contact tracing, according the WHO, come from local community
reluctance and refusal to carry out contact tracing, contacts
lost to follow-up, and a deteriorating security situation.