Tragedy: Over 30 Capsize On L.Albert Running To Congo Over Uganda’s Tough COVID-19 SOPs

Tragedy: Over 30 Capsize On L.Albert Running To Congo Over Uganda’s Tough COVID-19 SOPs

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By Spy Uganda

Kinshasa, Congo: More than 30 people have died in an overnight capsizing on Lake Albert while trying to return to Congo from Uganda, according to a civil society group.

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Most of the victims were trying to return illegally to Congo to avoid coronavirus restrictions, said Vital Adubanga, president of the Wangongo chiefdom in eastern Congo’s Ituri province. Traffic between the countries is officially at a standstill as part of the fight against COVID-19.

The dugout canoe capsized near the town of Kolokoto, he said.

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“A strong wind blew and caused this incident, We have so far recorded a balance sheet provisionally of 33 dead people and seven survivors,” he said.

He said owners must respect regulations that prohibit night boats.

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“More Congolese traders have been forced to be confined in Uganda following the COVID-19 pandemic, They wanted to return to their country, We deplore this behavior which often leads to deaths. Night boats are to be discouraged,” he added

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