Death toll rises to 127 in DR Congo boat mishap

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President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi declared Friday a day of mourning with 114 people still missing days after a boat capsized on Lake Kivu, killing 13.

He has also decided to make it mandatory for passengers on the lake, the site of regular drownings, to have lifebuoys, Tshisekedi’s office said in a statement.

The motorised boat, known locally as a pirogue, had left the city of Goma on Lake Kivu’s northern shore, and was headed for the town of Kalehe to the west when it capsized Monday night.

“I was sitting in the bow. A big wave hit the pirogue, which capsized and we fell into the water,” Alice Uwezo Ruchiga, 18, told AFP.

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