- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO (AP) - An overloaded canoe capsized on a reservoir in Burkina Faso, killing at least 15 women and children, state radio reported Sunday.

The accident occurred Saturday in the village of Toesse, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the capital, Ouagadougou.

Villagers were crossing the reservoir to attend a funeral, the radio said, blaming overcrowding on the boat.

Fifteen bodies were recovered by authorities, and one baby is missing and feared dead. Five people survived, the radio said.

Small wooden canoes are a common means of transport in Africa, and are frequently dangerously overloaded with passengers and goods.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide