Shipwreck in Nigerian river leaves at least 100 dead | News
Nigerian authorities confirmed on Tuesday the death of at least 100 people as a result of a shipwreck in the Niger River, in the state of Kwara, located in the north of the African nation.
Shipwreck in Nigerian river leaves at least 10 dead
According to police spokesman Okasanmi Ajayi, the boat, which was carrying people who had attended a wedding in the town of Gbotti, capsized in the town of Ebbu.
"What we know is that the ship capsized and that some 100 people died," said the authority while specifying that the incident occurred the day before in the morning.
Around 100 people died early Monday morning in a shipwreck that occurred on the Niger River in central Nigeria.
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According to local testimonies, the possibility that all crew members have died is high because the event was reported hours later. Meanwhile, rescue forces continue to search for possible survivors.
The local governments informed that they still do not have all the details of what happened while they urged the residents to refrain from making trips along the river because it is swollen by the rains.
River accidents occur occasionally in the African country due to the poor condition of the boats and the continuous changes in weather conditions.
Last January, ten people lost their lives as a result of the sinking of a precarious boat in the Niger River, specifically in the state of Kebbi.
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