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Sunday, 29 September 2013

A Boat Carrying 150 Passengers Capsize In River Niger!

No fewer than 42 people were yesterday drowned in a boat mishap on River Niger close to
Malilli village in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger when traders were returning from Malilli
Village to Tunga Illo village, after the day’s market.
The boat which had over 150 passengers capsized midway and drowned 42 people, while 100
others were missing. Local divers helped in recovering the corpses and are still looking for
more. The Secretary to the State Government who confirmed the incident said; ''We believe
that the boat was overloaded because the boat’s capacity was put at 60 passengers, but over
150 passengers were said to be on board during the incident. The debris in the swollen river
may also have been responsible for the incident''
The recovered corpses would be given a mass burial close to the river bank, and neighboring
villages have also been alerted to look out for floating corpses.

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