DRC: ‘ OVERLOADED BOAT CAPSIZES KILLING AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY NINE ‘

#AceWorldNews – DRC:Dec.14 – At least 129 people have drowned after a boat overloaded with passengers and freight capsized on Lake Tanganika in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), AFP reports.

' 129 feared dead and more as overcrowded boat capsized in lake Tanganika '

‘ 129 feared dead and more as overcrowded boat capsized in lake Tanganika ‘

The vessel was travelling from Kalemie in the Katanga province to Uvira in the South Kivu province when it sank in the early hours of Friday, survivors speaking by telephone told AFP.

Reports say that 221 passengers have been rescued, according to Katanga’s transport Minister Laurent Kahozi Sumba, who said the boat was carrying excess weight when it sank.

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TURKEY: ‘ BOAT CAPSIZES IN BOSPHORUS 24 KILLED AND 7 RESCUED ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – November 03 – A total of 24 people have been killed and another 7 have been rescued after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the northern coast of Istanbul.

' Boat Sinks off the Bosphorus '

‘ Boat Sinks off the Bosphorus ‘

With a further 12 are missing, AP reported.

' Boat Sinks Killing 24 Mostly Children '

‘ Boat Sinks Killing 24 Mostly Children ‘

A rescue official said most of the dead were children and that the boat had been carrying between 30 and 40 migrants.

Six people are known to have been rescued by the Turkish coastguard, while 10 bodies were recovered.

According to local reports, the refugees were believed to have been heading for Romania.

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Calls For Action To Protect Human Rights – After Lampedusa Tradegy

Lampedusa

Lampedusa (Photo credit: Dorli Photography)

AFTER LATEST LAMPEDUSA TRAGEDY, BAN CALLS FOR ACTION TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS
Following reports of a second ship capsizing off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to protect the rights of migrants and take action to prevent such tragic incidents.

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear reports of the loss of lives as another boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Italy, only a few days after the tragic incident near Lampedusa which had already claimed more than 300 lives,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/?nid=7196“>statement.

According to media reports, at least 27 people died and 221 were saved on Friday after their boat capsized near Lampedusa.

The incident occurred just over a week after more than 300 migrants, mostly Ethiopian, lost their lives when their boat caught fire half a mile from the coast, leading the vessel to capsize in the same area.

“The Secretary-General calls on the international community to take action to prevent such tragedies in the future, including measures that address their root causes and that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the centre of the response,” the statement said.

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