According to local media reports on December 12, on the afternoon of December 10, a shipwreck occurred in Maien East Bay province in the west of the country, killing at least 13 people, saving 17 others and missing some others. Some media also said that the accident occurred on the 11th.
According to survivors, the boat set out from the capital Kinshasa and went along the Congo River to Inongo, the capital of Maien East Bay Province, and capsized after encountering strong winds 130 kilometers from Kinshasa. After the accident, the hull broke into three parts, and some people who floated on the surface of the water with the wreckage of the ship survived.
In fact, this is not the first shipwreck in this area. In September 2019, a ship carrying hundreds of passengers sank on its way from Mayan East Bay Province to Kinshasa, killing more than 30 people.
In January 2020, a shipwreck occurred on a lake in Mayan East Bay province. The ship capsized due to strong winds, killing at least 15 of the approximately 30 passengers on board. On February 14, 2021, a ship bound for Equateur Province sank while passing through Mayan East Bay Province, killing at least 60 people.