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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead As 160 Passenger Boat Capsizes

BREAKING: Many Feared Dead As 160 Passenger Boat Capsizes

About 140 boat passengers are said to be missing in Kebbi State after an overloaded boat ferrying them sank in the Niger River.

The tragic incident was said to have occurred on Wednesday.

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The boat left central Niger state and was heading to northwest Kebbi state when it sank, Abdullahi Buhari Wara, administrative head of Ngaski district said.

160 Passenger Boat Capsizes

160 Passenger Boat Capsizes
160 Passenger Boat Capsizes

“A rescue operation is underway but only 22 survivors and one dead body have been recovered,” Wara said.

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“We are talking of around 140 passengers still missing.”

According to AFP, Wara blamed the Kebbi accident on overloading as the boat was meant to ferry not more than 80 passengers.

The vessel was also loaded with bags of sand from a gold mine, the official said.

The boat ferrying 100 local traders split into two after hitting a stump during a storm as they were returning from a local market, according to emergency officials.

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