Death toll rises to 76 after boat sinks in southeastern Nigeria | Floods News

Anambra is amongst 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states to have skilled heavy flooding this yr.

The dying toll from a ship accident in Nigeria’s southeastern state of Anambra has risen to 76, the president stated on Sunday.

The vessel capsized on Friday amid heavy flooding within the Ogbaru space of Anambra, in accordance with officers on Saturday, after they stated no less than 10 individuals had died and 60 have been lacking.

In a press release posted on Twitter on Sunday, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari stated emergency authorities had confirmed the upper dying toll.

Authorities are working to rescue or recuperate any lacking passengers, stated Buhari, including that he had directed the related businesses to examine security protocols to forestall future accidents.

The pinnacle of the Anambra State Emergency Administration Company stated 15 individuals had been rescued as of Saturday evening.

Anambra is amongst 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states to have skilled heavy flooding this yr. The waters have washed away houses, crops and roads and affected no less than half one million individuals.

Afam Ogene, an area, advised Reuters that as a result of flooding had destroyed the most important street linking eight communities to the remainder of the realm, some residents needed to journey by boat.

He stated the vessel that capsized was regionally made and had the capability to hold greater than 100 individuals, including that the boat’s engine had failed and it was overpowered by waves shortly after it launched.

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