20 dead after boat sinks near Timbuktu

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Mali’s state television is reporting that at least 20 people have died after a boat capsized in the region of Timbuktu.

The boat reportedly sank on Sunday.

AP reports accounts from witnesses to say that survivors claimed the boat was overladen, and while they were in the waters the boat encountered high winds.

Boating accidents are common in Mali during periods of high winds. Boats often carry more passengers and goods than is allowed.

As a result, sometimes the true death toll is never known as not all passengers have tickets.

In 2013, 68 people died when a boat capsized near Konna in central Mali. That boat had been traveling from the town of Mopti to Timbuktu in the north when it sank on the Niger River.

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