At least 30 people have died and dozens more are feared missing after a boat sank on a lake in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to local authorities and media reports.

The accident happened late on Saturday on Lake Mai-Ndombe, near the village of Lokanga.

“So far, we have recovered 30 bodies: 12 women, 11 children and seven men,” Simon Mbo Wemba, the mayor of Inongo, told media on Sunday.

“The toll is still provisional,” the mayor added.

It was not immediately known how many people were aboard the vessel, but officials estimate several hundred were on board. Some 170 survivors were rescued from the lake.

Boats in the DRC are usually overloaded with passengers and cargo, and official manifests do not include all those

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