At the least 26 individuals, principally ladies and kids died when a ship carrying greater than 100 farmers capsized early Sunday in north-central Nigeria, the area’s second boat tragedy in three months, authorities stated.
A spokesperson for the Niger state authorities stated rescue groups have been looking for survivors from the newest boat accident which occurred within the state’s Mokwa district, including that over 30 individuals have been rescued thus far.
“The victims … have been going for farming actions when the incident occurred between 7:30 and eight Sunday morning,” spokesperson for the Niger state governor, Bologi Ibrahim, stated in a press release.
“Twenty-six individuals principally ladies and kids have been confirmed lifeless and over 30 individuals rescued,” the assertion added.
It’s unclear what brought on the boat to overturn or whether or not passengers had any security gear whereas onboard.
The federal government assertion inspired the usage of life jackets and urged locals to “desist from overcrowding boats.”
Boat accidents are frequent in northern Nigeria. In mid-June, greater than 100 individuals have been confirmed lifeless after a ship carrying lots of of wedding ceremony company capsized within the river Niger, native police advised CNN on the time.
At the least 15 individuals had died a month earlier than in one other boat mishap in northwestern Sokoto State.