A boat conveying some ad-hoc Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) workers and electoral materials to the riverine Ilaje communities in Ondo State has capsized.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju, who confirmed the incident, said the boat capsized on Friday night during the movement of “personnel and materials to the riverine Registration Areas of Ilaje Local Government Area (LGA).”
“Fortunately, all personnel and election materials were rescued when the boat capsized,” Akeju added.
A boat packed with picnickers capsized in a river in eastern India, killing 10 revellers including eight children, officials said Thursday.
The mechanised fishing boat toppled on Wednesday while it was anchored near Hukitola, an island in the Mahanadi river popular with tourists, after some of the occupants tried to disembark at the same time.
“So far nine bodies have been recovered while the body of a six-year-old girl is yet to be retrieved,” said Dasarathi Satpathy, the magistrate of Kendrapara district in Odisha state.
Rescuers managed to save 45 other passengers, Satpathy told AFP.
The Hindu newspaper said the boat was meant to carry a maximum of 20 people but was packed with some 55 passengers, most of them women and children.
State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,701) each to the families of the deceased and free medical treatment for the injured.
Boat accidents are common in India, with most of them blamed on overcrowding and poor maintenance.
Last May, some 19 people were killed when a boat capsized in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh state.
In 2017, 20 people were killed in a similar boat accident on the Yamuna river in northern India.
At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen this week with reports of gunfire being used against those on board, the United Nations said Friday.
At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemenon Tuesday, the UN refugee and migration agencies said in a joint statement.
“The vessel is believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were attempting to take refugees and migrants to Djibouti, while also trying to extort more money from these refugees and migrants,” according to the statement.
The boat turned back and “capsized amid reports of gunfire being used against the passengers”, it said, adding that it was working with the Yemeni coast guard to try to establish what happened.
“At least 30 people have died in this tragic incident” which occurred near the coast.
More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemensince a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in 2015 against Huthi rebels with the aim of restoring the country’s internationally recognised government to power.
But the impoverished country continues to draw migrants from the Horn of Africa, many of them seeking work in prosperous Gulf countries further north.
The UN Refugee Agency said it was “outraged” by the latest deaths.
“Prolonged conflict and insecurity in Yemen continue to expose vulnerable refugees and migrants to heightened risks of human rights violations including arbitrary arrest, detention, trafficking and deportation,” it said on Twitter.
In August last year, dozens of migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia died after human traffickers forced them off two Yemen-bound boats and into the sea.
Last March, a helicopter opened fire on a vessel carrying more than 140 migrants in the Red Sea off theYemencoast, killing 42 civilians.
A confidential UN report seen by AFP said the attack was most likely carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents have been hampering the search for survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster as loved ones and anxious relatives offer prayers for the safe return of their loved ones.
Emergency services are still searching for nearly 300 people missing after a ship carrying more than 470 people sank.
Officials say 179 people have been rescued. Most of the passengers were pupils at the same high school.
The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry apologized to families of the victims and those missing on Thursday (April 17) as the coast guard investigates him. The ferry sank off South Korea’s southwest coast on Wednesday, leaving at least nine dead and about 290 missing
Witnesses told Korean media that the captain of the vessel, who is now being held by police, was one of the first to leave the stricken vessel.
The vessel, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized during a journey from the northwestern port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. It went down about 20 km off the country’s southwestern coast.
Meanwhile, South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye, visited the site of the accident as coast guards continue search operations for about 290 missing people.
In the video, Park observed search operations on a boat and was briefed by a coast guard officer.
Rescuers fought rising winds and waves as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing.
Frustrated parents of some of the missing school children are, however, hiring their own boats and divers to find survivors. Others jeer at coastguard officials asking why they’re not out searching for the missing passengers.
So far 179 people have been rescued and nine confirmed dead in what could be the country’s worst maritime accident in 20 years.
It is not known why the 6,586 ton vessel, built in Japan 20 years ago, sank.