Niger State: 100 persons fear dead as boat capsizes

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At least 100 people are declared missing after a ship capsized on Malale River in Borgu government Area of Niger State at about 3pm today May 26.

 

The boat had left Malale in Borgu government Area of Niger heading to Kebbi State when the incident occurred. the amount of deaths remains uncertain as rescue operations are ongoing within the area.

About 180 persons were said to possess been aboard the boat which capsized half-hour after beginning from Loko Mina in Niger State.

 

Boat mishaps in Niger state are a reoccurring incident. Between 2019 and 2020, a minimum of 50 people lost their lives on the Malale River following incidents of boat mishaps.

 

In April 2021, some people died after a ship carrying over 70 passengers, mostly farmers and traders also capsized on a river at Zumba in Munya government Area of the state.

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