Nigeria fears 160 dead after overloaded ferry sinks –

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Nigeria fears 160 dead after overloaded ferry sinks – fr


160 people are feared to have drowned in northwest Nigeria after an overloaded boat carrying passengers to a market sank in the Niger River.

Authorities have confirmed that at least four people died, 20 were rescued alive and 156 are still missing.

The boat was traveling between central Niger state and Wara in northwest Kebbi state on Wednesday when it sank, the local director of the National Waterways Authority told reporters, Yusuf Birma.

“The capacity of the boat was not up to the 180 passengers it was carrying,” Birma said.

160 people are feared to have drowned in northwest Nigeria after an overloaded boat carrying passengers to a market sank in the Niger River. The scene is pictured above

Authorities have confirmed that at least four people have died, 20 have been rescued alive and 156 are still missing.

“As we speak, only 20 people have been rescued alive, four confirmed dead while the remaining 156 people are still missing and are believed to be underwater. “

President Muhammadu Buhari said the accident was “devastating” and offered his condolences to the families, although his statement did not indicate any official tally of the number of victims.

Boat tragedies are common on Nigeria’s waterways, mainly due to overcrowding, bad weather and lack of maintenance, but Wednesday’s death toll is said to be one of the deadliest recent accidents.

President Muhammadu Buhari said the accident was

President Muhammadu Buhari said the accident was “devastating” and offered his condolences to the families

The boat was traveling between central Niger state and Wara in northwest Kebbi state on Wednesday when it sank.

The boat was traveling between central Niger state and Wara in northwest Kebbi state on Wednesday when it sank.

Birma said passengers were on their way to a market in Malele, in the local government area of ​​Borgu, Niger state, when the boat sank an hour after the trip began.

“The boat involved was a wooden boat which was old and very weak, but these people (skippers) were not listening when we sensitized them to reduce the number of passengers they carry in their boats,” he said. he declares.

Local district administrator Abdullahi Buhari Wara previously blamed the accident on overloading, as the boat was not expected to carry more than 80 passengers.

The ship was also loaded with sandbags from a gold mine, he said.

Burma said passengers were on their way to a market in Malele, in the local government area of ​​Borgu, Niger state, when the boat sank an hour after the trip began.

Burma said passengers were heading to a market in Malele in the local government area of ​​Borgu in Niger state, when the boat sank an hour after the trip began

Earlier this month, 30 people drowned when an overloaded boat capsized in Niger state.

The boat carrying 100 local traders split in two after hitting a stump in a storm as they were returning from a local market, emergency officials said.

The Niger is West Africa’s main river that flows crescent through Guinea to the Niger Delta in Nigeria and is a key local trade route for some countries.

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