After a boat disaster on the Niger River claimed more than 100 lives, police said rescue efforts are still ongoing.
More than 100 people were killed when a boat carrying locals returning from a wedding crashed in northern Nigeria, according to police and locals as the hunt for survivors grew.
According to the state’s police spokesman Okasanmi Ajayi, the boat sank early on Monday on the Niger River in the Pategi district of Kwara state near to neighboring Niger.
Over 100 people have been rescued from the boat tragedy, and 103 people have died so far, according to Ajayi. “Search and rescue efforts are still ongoing, so the death toll is probably going to go up.”
According to local Usman Ibrahim, the victims, which included women and children, were leaving a wedding in the village of Egboti in the Niger state.
It was unclear right away if there were any survivors.
“Upon disembarking, passengers were instructed to ride their bicycles to their respective settlements. When the boat capsized, it was carrying more than 100 people, according to Ibrahim.
According to the local newspaper Nigerian Tribune, the travelers were from the Kwara villages of Kpada, Egbu, and Gakpan.
The capital of Nigeria, Abuja, is where Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris is reporting from. “What we hear from various sources in that area is that at least 64 people came from one village and about 40 from another village,” he said.
Funerals for “at least 60 people who were killed in the accident” had already been held, he continued.
Idris stated that rescue efforts were in progress and that the majority of the passengers were not wearing any safety equipment, such as life vests.
The region, which lies near the junction of the Niger and Benue rivers, two of the longest in Africa, has seen similar mishaps in the past.
A boat reportedly capsized on the Niger in the same region in May 2021, according to The Guardian, a different local newspaper. In that accident, as many as 160 individuals perished.