Some 138 people died when an overloaded boat carrying passengers and goods capsized in bad weather in Democratic Republic of Congo, police said yesterday.

The accident took place on Wednesday on a stretch of river in the western Bandundu province, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) east of Kinshasa, the capital of the vast central African nation. “The boat was badly overloaded and it didn’t make the rough waters,” Jolly Limengo, provincial inspector of police for Bandundu, told Reuters by telephone yesterday. “People here don’t know how to swim. Our provisional toll is 138 dead,” Limengo added.

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