a boat capsized on the shagari river drowning 28 people

A boat capsized on the Shagari River, drowning 28 people

On Tuesday evening, a boat capsized in northwestern Nigeria as it attempted to cross a river to get firewood, killing at least 28 people. After rescue personnel and volunteers retrieved their bodies from the River Shagari in Sokoto state, regional government official Aliyu Dantani stated that most of the victims were teenage girls.

There were also five youngsters among the fatalities. According to reports, the boat was carrying an unknown number of passengers. According to Dantani, search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Although the reason for the disaster is unknown, boat accidents are regular on Nigerian waterways, primarily owing to overcrowding, especially during the annual rainy season.

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