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Boat accident in Nigeria leaves 76 dead

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that 76 people were killed when an overloaded boat capsized in the southeastern Anambra state of the country.

Some 85 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday, in an area devastated by flooding.

“The boat that was reportedly carrying 85 people capsized due to increasing flooding in the Ogbaru area of ​​the state, and emergency agencies confirmed a death toll of 76,” Buhari’s office said.

He ordered the emergency services to render aid to the victims.

“I pray for the rest of the souls of the deceased and for the safety of all, as well as for the well-being of the families of the victims of this tragic accident,” he added.

Boat accidents are common in Nigeria due to overloading, speeding, poor maintenance and non-compliance with traffic regulations.

Since the start of the rainy season, many regions of Nigeria have been hit by floods.

More than 300 people have died and at least 100,000 have been made homeless in the country’s worst incidents since 2012, according to emergency services.

Thousands of farmland and crops have also been washed away by floods, sparking fears of food shortages in a country hit by the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

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