About 40 fishermen die in Lake Mweru storm

Nearly 40 fisherman are feared dead in Zambia after a boat capsized in a heavy storm on a northern lake bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said Wednesday.

“They were in total 42 fishermen on lake Mweru and the area experienced a storm in the night,” Besa Chimbaka, provincial minister for Zambia’s Luapula province.

“Owing to the storm, the fishermen sought protection in a vessel but the storm was severe and so the vessel capsized and the 38 are feared dead as only four managed to come out.”

As well as Zambians, the 42 fishermen on the lake Monday night who tried to take refuge on the boat included 14 DR Congo nationals.

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