14 crushed to death at DRC music festival

The crush occurred in Kikwit, around 500 km from the capital Kinshasa on Friday.

The crush occurred in Kikwit, around 500 km from the capital Kinshasa on Friday.

KINSHASA - At least 14 people died when a power cut caused a crush at a crowded music festival in Democratic Republic of Congo early on Friday, a local government spokesman said.

The crush occurred in Kikwit, around 500 km from the capital Kinshasa, on the first night of a festival organised to commemorate famous Congolese rumba musician King Kester Emeneya, who died 40 days ago.

"Around 2 am local time there was a blackout in the stadium. At that time the concert was completely full," said Claude Malela, a spokesman for the local government and organiser of the festival.

"When people tried to leave there was a crush. We have counted 14 dead and 13 injured."

An official at the interior ministry who asked not to be named said there were fears the death toll could eventually be as high as around 40.

Meanwhile, at least 37 people were killed in a train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province on Tuesday, a witness and a local official said on Wednesday.

A witness said he counted 37 bodies at the scene of the crash. Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga's interior minister, gave a provisional toll of 56 dead and 69 injured but said the toll was expected to rise and a team had been sent to investigate the incident.

The accident involved a goods train that was carrying people near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast.