About 140 boat passengers are stated to be lacking in Kebbi State after an overloaded boat ferrying them sank within the Niger River.
The tragic incident was stated to have occurred on Wednesday.
The boat left central Niger state and was heading to northwest Kebbi state when it sank, Abdullahi Buhari Wara, administrative head of Ngaski district stated.
“A rescue operation is underway however solely 22 survivors and one useless physique have been recovered,” Wara stated.
“We’re speaking of round 140 passengers nonetheless lacking.”
In accordance with AFP, Wara blamed the Kebbi accident on overloading because the boat was meant to ferry no more than 80 passengers.
The vessel was additionally loaded with luggage of sand from a gold mine, the official stated.
The boat ferrying 100 native merchants break up into two after hitting a stump throughout a storm as they had been coming back from an area market, based on emergency officers.
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