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200 Reported Drowned in Congo

September 8, 1998

GOMA, Congo (AP) _ At least 200 people drowned in central Africa after two overloaded boats capsized in strong winds on Lake Kivu, Congolese radio reported Tuesday.

The radio in Bukavu, on the southern tip of the lake, said one of the boats that capsized Sept. 2 was carrying gasoline and caught fire. There was no immediate explanation why the incident was not reported until Tuesday.

The boats were carrying passengers returning from a market in Bukavu, on the border with Rwanda, to the islands of Nyamizi and Muhembe. Only 20 people survived, the radio said. It gave no other details.

Boating accidents in central and eastern African lakes are not unusual, because most boats are poorly maintained and are overloaded with cargo and people. Officials rarely enforce safety regulations.

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