A ship carrying residents coming back from a marriage capsized in northern Nigeria killing about 100 folks, police and native residents stated Tuesday, as a seek for survivors intensified.
The boat capsized early Monday on the Niger River within the state of Kwara near neighboring Niger state, police spokesman Okasanmi Ajayi stated.
“What we gathered was there was a ship that capsized and about 100 folks died,” he stated.
The victims, together with girls and kids, have been coming back from an in a single day wedding ceremony ceremony within the village of Egboti in Niger state, stated Usman Ibrahim, a resident.
It was not instantly clear if there have been survivors.
“Individuals within the boat have been to take their bikes to their numerous communities (upon disembarking). The boat was carrying greater than 100 folks when it sank,” stated Ibrahim.
Lots of the victims drowned as a result of the accident occurred at about 3 a.m. and never many knew of it till hours later, he stated. “Up until now, some lifeless our bodies are nonetheless being searched (for).”
As of Tuesday afternoon, officers and locals have been nonetheless trying to find extra our bodies within the river, which is one in all Nigeria’s largest.
River transport and market commerce are widespread in Nigeria, the place roads are sometimes poor. The Niger, West Africa’s primary river travelling by means of Guinea to Nigeria’s Niger Delta, is a key native commerce route.
Boat accidents are widespread in lots of distant communities throughout Nigeria the place domestically made vessels are generally used for transport. Most accidents are attributed to overloading and using poorly maintained boats.
Final month,when a ship capsized in a river in northwest Nigeria’s Sokoto state. In 2022, when a ship capsized in a flood-swollen river in Anambra state.
In one of many nation’s worst river disasters in Could 2021, solely 20 folks have been rescued and greater than 150 went lacking when a ship transporting folks to market broke aside whereas travelling between Kebbi and Niger states.
AFP contributed to this report.
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