At least nine children have died after a canoe capsized in Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the AFP news agency reports.
It says that the motorised vessel left the town of Kalemie and was heading for the port of Wimbi when the accident happened.
Provincial official Joseph Lumona told AFP: “Of the 21 passengers aboard, nine were killed, all of them children.”
He added that another child was missing.
Such accidents are frequent in DR Congo because of overcrowding, AFP reports.
Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world and is bounded by four countries – DR Congo, Burundi, Zambia and Tanzania.