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10 Dead after Boat Sinks in Nigeria

Thu 05 Jan 2023 | 01:06 PM
Israa Farhan

On Thursday, ten people died and 10 others went missing after their boat sank in the Niger River in Kebbi, northern the country.

AFP reported that the boat was carrying more than 100 passengers; it broke in half while crossing the river because it was overloaded.

The news agency quoted a Nigerian official as saying that more than 80 people have been rescued and local divers managed to recover 10 passengers, and 10 others are still missing, according to primary results.

Capsizes are common on Nigerian waterways due to frequent overloading and lack of maintenance.

In May 2021, around 100 traders drowned when their boat ruptured because of overloading and sank in the same river, according to Kebbi state officials.

In October 2022, 14 people drowned when an overloaded passenger vessel capsized in northwest Nigeria