150 feared dead after Nigeria boat capsized
Published: 01:25 PM, 27 May 2021
A boat carrying 200 people capsized in the Niger River in northwestern Nigeria. At least 140 people are missing in the incident. 22 people have been rescued alive. All of the missing are thought to have been drowned.
Niger State Government spokeswoman Mary Noel-Barge said the boat capsized in the Niger River early Wednesday, local time. The boat was going from Niger to Kebbi State.
Abdullahi Buhari Wara, chief administrative officer of Ngaski district in Niger province, said the extra-passenger boat “split in two” and capsized. It had a maximum capacity of 80 people, however, there were more than 160 passengers.
He added that the boat also contained “sandbags” collected from gold mines. The rescue operation is still going on.
It is to be mentioned that at least 30 people were killed when a boat carrying extra passengers capsized in the Niger River earlier this month. Boat sinking is a common occurrence in Nigeria during the monsoon season. Many people are victims of such accidents due to overcrowding and poor safety measures.