A boat from Kasabu hamlet in the Agwara local government region of Niger to Yauri in Kebbi overturned while carrying about 22 passengers.
Alhaji Salihu Garba, the Niger State Emergency Management Agency’s (NSEMA) managing director general, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Minna.
According to him, the boat accident that happened on Monday between 11am and 12pm was reported to the agency.
According to him, a survivor of the mishap said that the boat has about 22 passengers on board.
He said that search and rescue operations was ongoing by the local divers and boat owners under the supervision of the agency’s desk officer in Agwara.
He said no passenger has been recovered yet, adding that the mishap happened on Yauri market day.
Garba added that only after the market would families be able to declare their missing relatives.
He explained that it takes about 24 hours for any drowned person to surface atop water.
He attributed the cause of the incident to water hyacinth coupled with strong waves. (NAN)
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