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Niger: 28 persons die in Shiroro boat mishap

Mr Inga said 65 people survived, 28 corpses were recovered by local divers while seven people are still missing.

• May 9, 2021
A loaded boat in a river
A loaded boat in a river used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: TRT World]

A boat mishap at Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger has claimed no fewer than 28 lives, the Director-General of the state’s Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga, confirmed in a statement on Sunday.

He said the occupants of the boat were 100 passengers coming from Zumba from Tija village of Munya Local Government Area of the state.

According to Mr Inga, the accident happened on May 8 at about 6:00 p.m., 50 metres to their destination when the boat hit a stump of a tree and broke.

He said 65 people survived, 28 corpses were recovered by local divers while seven people are still missing.

The director-general said search and rescue operation was still ongoing to recover the missing persons.

(NAN)

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