At least 60 people have died and hundreds are missing after a boat capsized in the Congo River in western Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a government official who told Al Jazeera that 700 people were on board the vessel. “The main cause of the sinking remains the overload of goods and the excess number of passengers in the whaling boat,” the minister said, adding “that night navigation also played a role in the sinking”. At that stage the rescue team had recovered 60 lifeless bodies and 300 survivors.