Tragedy Strikes as Nigeria Boat Accident Claims 26 Lives
Nigeria boat accident: In a devastating incident in northern Nigeria, a wooden boat carrying over 100 passengers, including women and children, capsized in a dam on Sunday.
This heartbreaking event unfolded in the region between Jebba and Kainji Dam, situated in the Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.
A Race Against Time: Heroic Rescue Efforts Underway
Despite the grim circumstances, there is a ray of hope.
More than 30 individuals have been successfully rescued, thanks to a collaborative effort involving marine police, local divers, and the Niger State Emergency Management Agency.
Bologi Ibrahim, the spokesperson for the state governor, confirmed the ongoing rescue operation.
While the precise cause of this unfortunate mishap remains elusive, Mr. Ibrahim attributed it to overcrowding and the absence of life jackets.
Official reports indicate that most of the passengers were crossing the dam to reach their farms.
A Haunting Echo: Recalling a Previous Tragedy
This tragedy serves as a grim reminder of the perils associated with water transportation in Nigeria.
In a chilling parallel, a similar incident occurred in June, claiming the lives of over 100 people.
An overloaded boat capsized while en route to Niger state, causing widespread devastation. It remains one of the gravest disasters of its kind in recent memory.