Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday Eleven people have drowned and dozens are missing after a barge sank on a river in central.

Sixteen people survived the accident on the overcrowded vessel by swimming to safety on the Lukenye river.

A local journalist said most of those on board were traveling to the D.R. Congo capital of Kinshasa.

Boat accidents are common in the vast country, typically caused by overloading of passengers and cargo.

Tolls are often high because there are no life jackets and many Congolese do not know how to swim.