76 dead as boat carrying flood victims sinks in Nigeria
At least 76 people have been killed in a boat capsizing incident in the southeastern province of Anambra, Nigeria. The victims were all flood victims and were going to safety by boat to escape the flood waters. At one stage the boat capsized and this incident of loss of life occurred.
The incident took place last Friday (October 7) in Anambra, Nigeria’s southeastern state. The British media BBC reported this information in a report on Monday (October 10).
According to the report, the boat capsized in Ogbaru area of Anambra state in south-eastern Nigeria and there were at least 80 people on board the boat. Most of the victims were women and children. Basically, they boarded the boat to go to a safe place after their area was submerged in flood water.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the “tragic” accident. He ordered a review of the safety measures in the country’s waterways. At the same time, he ordered the emergency services to take necessary steps to rescue the missing persons.
Buhari also called on government agencies to “examine safety protocols on waterways to ensure that such incidents are avoided in the future”.
According to local media reports, the flood-affected people on board the boat were on their way to Nko market in Ogbakuba before it capsized. The boat’s engine malfunctioned and hit a bridge before sinking, officials said.
The National Emergency Management Agency’s south-east coordinator Thickman Tanimu told news agency AFP: “The water level at the scene is very high and it is very risky to carry out a thorough search and rescue operation”.
Anambra Governor Charles Soludo said the accident came as a shock to both residents of his state and the state government. He also expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims. BBC news