A passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo drowning at least two children and one woman.
A local official said on Wednesday, survivors had warned that dozens more were still missing.
Deadly boat accidents are common in DR Congo, where boats frequently load beyond their capacity.
Regional government spokesman Claude Basila said the boat, bound for the regional capital Goma, capsized overnight on Tuesday, after having set off in the dark overloaded. The spokesman said 51 passengers were on board, 46 were rescued, three died, and two missing.
But survivors who were rescued by local boatsmen said the vessel had been carrying at least 100 passengers.
“A big wave knocked it over and there was nothing more but screams,” said Daniel Mutukura, who trod water for five hours before being rescued.
“I realized a lot of people had drowned because there were more than 100 people on board,” he told Reuters.
A survivor, Mubatiza Mukanirwa, said his wife and children had drowned. He estimated the boat had been carrying nearly 250 people, while another survivor thought 200 had been on board.
Mukanirwa said, it hurts so terribly.”
Baby Vaccination Drops In Rwanda Amid Lockdown
Baby vaccination rate is of concern to Rwandan authorities. The Rwanda biomedical center says it expects to vaccinate 360,000 babies every year with their first shot, but the number has dropped in Kigali during the total lockdown.
Some mothers in Kigali city say they cannot miss their babies’ vaccination schedules despite the city currently being in total lockdown.
At a vaccination exercise in Kigali on Monday, not all who were supposed to bring their babies for the vaccination showed up, thinking the medical personnel would not be available because of the lockdown.
The Rwanda biomedical center says the government spends $10 million annually to provide babies with no cost vaccinations.
Tunisian Protesters Marching To Parliament Blocked
Hundreds of Tunisians have taken to the streets in renewed protests. The demonstrations first, in the town of Sbeitla were triggered by reports that an injured young man during last week’s clashes, Haykel Rachdi, had died. The man’s family said he was hit by a tear gas canister.
He had joined nationwide protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab spring uprisings across the region.
Soldiers were deployed to government buildings in the town after protesters tried to storm the police station.
On Tuesday, Tunisian police blocked the path of hundreds of protestors who were trying to reach the parliament building in the capital, Tunis.
It was the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been fueled by frustration at the lack of jobs and spiraling prices.
More than one thousand young protesters had been arrested during the previous protests, and many of the protesters on Tuesday were calling for their release.
Morocco Begins Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccinations
After Egypt, Morocco is set to become the latest country in Africa to roll out a vaccination programme against COVID-19 giving priority to frontline medical staff.
The country has received two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and is expected to take delivery of half a million doses from China’s Sinopharm on Wednesday.
Morocco was hit hard last year when it recorded a higher number of cases compared to its neighbours
Tunisia has pushed back its vaccination campaign to April, while Algeria expects to acquire a batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vacc Oxford/AstraZeneca ine by the end of this month.