Over 60 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say more than 60 people have died after a makeshift vessel capsized on the Congo River.

A spokesperson for a provincial government told the AFP news agency on Saturday that 61 bodies had been recovered from the vessel that sank from Monday night through Tuesday.

Dozens of others are missing, and there were 39 survivors.

The spokesperson said the vessel consisted of nine traditional wooden canoes, all tied together, and that the victims included hawkers and students.

He added that the accident may have been caused by overcrowding aggravated by bad weather.

He said search and rescue operations are continuing.