100 feared missing after boat sinks in C. Africa: officials

BanguiCentral African Republic – Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the impoverished country earlier in the week, officials said on Thursday, January 15.

The accident occurred on Monday, January 12, after a boat carrying an estimated 100 people left the capital Bangui on the Oubangui River.

Some 125 kilometers downstream, the boat's motor exploded, starting a fire that quickly engulfed the vessel as terrified passengers jumped overboard, an official with the country's naval forces told Agence France-Presse. – Rappler.com

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