Emily Smith
Mon, Sep 11, 2023 4:15 PM

Nigeria boat accident leaves 28 dead and dozens missing

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Nigeria boat accident leaves 28 dead and dozens missing
A tragic boat accident in Nigeria has resulted in the death of 28 people, with dozens more still missing. The incident occurred on the River Niger, as the boat was carrying around 100 passengers, mostly women and children, to their crops. Emergency services have been mobilized to search for the missing individuals, while authorities urge caution and highlight the need for life jackets and safe transport practices.

ABUYA, Nigeria - A tragic boat accident in Nigeria has claimed the lives of at least 28 people, with the death toll expected to rise as emergency services continue their search for dozens of missing individuals.

The incident took place on the River Niger on Sunday morning when a boat carrying approximately 100 passengers, mostly women and children, capsized. The passengers were headed to their crops in the Gbajibo community, located around 156 miles from Minna, the nearest state capital and rescue headquarters.

Due to the remote location, it took several hours before emergency crews arrived at the scene, and local villagers are now on the lookout for any bodies floating in the river, according to Ibrahim Audu, spokesperson for the Niger State Emergency Management Agency.

On Monday morning, divers recovered four more bodies from the river, bringing the confirmed death toll to 28. Approximately 40 passengers are still reported missing, while 30 individuals have been rescued so far.

"We have instructed all communities to remain vigilant and report any sightings of bodies," Audu added.

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, described the accident as "shocking and regrettable." He ordered local emergency services to assist the affected communities and emphasized the importance of wearing life jackets and avoiding overcrowded boats.

Concerns about boat accidents have been mounting in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, with many remote and riverine communities relying heavily on rivers as their sole means of transportation.

At present, there are no explanations as to what caused the boat to capsize. Emergency services speculate it could have been due to overcrowding, the condition of the boat, or a collision with an object in the water.

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for improved safety measures and awareness surrounding water transportation in Nigeria.

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