100 people missing after the latest Nigeria boat accident Eight dead

Eight passengers were confirmed dead and an estimated 100 were missing after their overloaded boat capsized in north-central Nigeria, the emergency services said Tuesday.

It is the latest in a series of deadly boat accidents that increasingly point to regulatory failures.

The passengers were being conveyed from Niger state’s Borgu district to a market in the neighboring Kebbi state on Monday afternoon when the boat overturned in the Niger River, according to Niger State Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Audu.

“The boat was overloaded so the strong wind affected them,” Audu said.

He said the boat’s capacity is

There is no record of the total death toll in these accidents, though there have been at least five involving at least 100 passengers each in the past seven months.

Past accidents have been blamed on overloading, the condition of the boat or a hindrance of the boat’s movement along the water. 

And intervention measures announced in response by authorities — such as the provision of life jackets or enforcement of waterways regulations — are usually not carried out.

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