33 dead as over­loaded boat cap­sizes in Nige­ria

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - WORLD -

KANO, NIGE­RIA: At least 33 peo­ple drowned af­ter an over­loaded boat car­ry­ing traders from Niger cap­sized in north­west Nige­ria, the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment (NEMA) said on Fri­day.

They were trav­el­ling from Gaya in the Dosso re­gion of south­ern Niger to Lolo, in the Kebbi state, when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

NEMA co­or­di­na­tor Suleiman Mo­hammed Karim said the boat had a ca­pac­ity of 70 pas­sen­gers but sur­vivors said 150 peo­ple and their goods were on board.

Cross-bor­der trade is com­mon in the re­mote area, with traders mainly trav­el­ling to mar­kets from Niger to Nige­ria to buy and sell goods from grain to live­stock.

Weather con­di­tions at the time were calm, de­spite the rainy sea­son, which ear­lier this week saw the author­i­ties in Niger warn about po­ten­tial flood­ing.

Cap­sizes are a fre­quent oc­curence in Nige­ria, where un­scrupu­lous op­er­a­tors flout health and safety norms. AFP

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