Some 300 survivors had been discovered close to the scene of the accident in Mai-Ndombe province within the west of the nation, however one other 240 remained unaccounted for, Steve Mbikayi wrote on Twitter.
Lethal boat accidents are widespread in Congo, which has few tarred roads throughout its huge, forested inside and the place vessels are regularly loaded nicely past their capability.
For most individuals the Congo river and its tributaries are the one technique of travelling lengthy distances.
“We sympathize with the households of the victims and we demand sanctions towards all these answerable for the transport sector,” Mbikayi mentioned, with out elaborating. No additional particulars had been instantly out there.