23 Dead As Boat Sinks In Bangladesh

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At least 23 people were killed and several dozen more were missing on Sunday after a boat capsized in a river in Bangladesh, police said.

“We have recovered 23 bodies. Firefighters and divers are searching for more bodies,” local police official Shafiqul Islam told AFP.

The boat was packed with up to 50 Hindu pilgrims, police said.

They were travelling to a centuries-old temple when the vessel suddenly tipped over and sank in the middle of the Karotoa river near the town of Boda in northern Bangladesh.

Another police officer said up to 25 people were still missing.

Boat tragedies caused by poor maintenance and overcrowding are common in Bangladesh, a poor nation crisscrossed by rivers.

AFP

26 People Dead As Boat Capsizes In Sokoto State

Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River
Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River

 

No fewer than 29 people have been confirmed killed in a boat accident at Gidan Maigana community in Dandi Maye district in Sokoto State.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning in Shagari Local Government Area of the state, Channels Television gathered.

The victims, who have since been buried according to Islamic rites, were part of the 35 passengers who boarded the boat to cross over a dam in search of firewood for commercial purposes.

Witnesses said the boat capsized while conveying the second batch of the team and 29 persons comprising six boys and 23 women died in the process.

Six other passengers were reported to have survived the incident after a search and rescue operation by local divers supported by authorities in the local government.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has visited the community and condole with the people over the death of their loved ones.

He appealed to the to accept the incident as the will of God and prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

The people, in their response, urged on the state government to help them with better boats, as well as enact laws and regulations to ensure safety measures were adhered to in a bid to forestall a reoccurrence of the incident going forward.

They also pleaded for improved basic infrastructure and other amenities in the society to help improve the well-being of the people of the community

Governor Tambuwal visited the community in company with his deputy, Muhammad Dan’Iya; the Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Umar; some members of the State Executive Council, as well as top government officials in the state.

20 Dead As Boat Carrying Schoolchildren, Others Capsizes In Kano

The boat involved in the accident is seen in this photo taken on November 30, 2021.

 

Twenty people have been confirmed dead with seven others rescued after a boat carrying passengers capsized in Bagwai River in Bagwai Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State.

According to an eyewitness, the accident happened on Tuesday evening.

Authorities of the Kano State Police Command confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Wednesday.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdullahi Haruna, said a rescue mission was underway, adding that the number of people involved in the accident cannot be ascertained yet.

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“20 bodies have been recovered, and we were able to rescue seven,” he said. “The boat was overloaded with passengers numbering 40 to 50 passengers.

“We are doing our best to rescue other passengers or recover their bodies.”

The helmsman of the canoe and two other male passengers were among those rescued by fire servicemen and local fishermen close to the river bank.

Channels Television gathered that the canoe was carrying Islamiyah schoolchildren and other passengers from Badau village to Bagwai LGA where they were expected to board a vehicle to Tofa LGA for the Maulud celebration.

“The body of a woman and her baby have been found, and multiple Islamiyah students. The driver and six other passengers have also been taken to hospital,” an eyewitness said.

“We have counted over 40 pairs of shoes. Right now police have arrived and fire servicemen and also local fishermen are on a rescue mission. We need assistance from anyone who can bring torchlight or can participate in the rescue effort.”

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13 Killed As Boat Capsizes In Mozambique

 

At least 13 people died after a sailboat sank in bad weather off the coast of Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, local police said on Saturday.

Carrying 50 people, the ship left the coastal town of Memba at night heading for Mocimboa da Praia, more than 200 km further north, when it was caught up in heavy weather and hit rocks, police spokesman Augusto Gusta told AFP.

“We are currently recovering the bodies of 13 victims as well as 35 survivors, who are being held by the police for further investigation,” Gusta said.

The shipwreck occurred south of Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado, where militants have been waging a jihadist insurgency for the last two and a half years.

Mozambican police suspect Islamist groups of recruiting combatants in the border regions of Cabo Delgado and using road and sea vessels to transport them to carry out operations.

“Our investigation into the motives for this trip during the night, without notifying the maritime authorities, is still underway,” the spokesman said.

Jihadist attacks, often claimed over the past few months by the Islamic State (IS) group, have left at least 1,100 dead, including civilians, police and military, according to the NGO Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which tracks and reports on conflict data.

The UN estimates more than 200,000 people in the province have been displaced by the insurgency.

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Seven Killed As Boat Capsizes In DR Congo

 

Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday.

Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.

The “total number of deaths is seven,” the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement.

Authorities rescued 102 survivors, it said.

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The private boat, carrying 110 passengers, mainly traders, was travelling to the island of Idjwi when it struck a rock Saturday before capsizing.

Saturday’s disaster involved a “baleiniere” or “whaler” — a commonly-used flat-bottomed vessel resembling a motorised canoe 15 to 30 metres (50 to 100 feet) long by two to six metres wide.

At least 30 people died and dozens more went missing in May after a boat accident on a lake in western DRC.

In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.

Since the beginning of the year, at least 190 people have died in boat accidents in the DRC, according to an AFP count.

Earlier this year at least 167 people died in two accidents prompting President Felix Tshisekedi to make it mandatory for boat passengers to have lifejackets.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country, the DRC is struggling with local conflicts, and in remote areas the control of the central government in Kinshasa is weak.

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Two Killed, Several Injured In Lagos Boat Capsize

 

Two persons were killed and several others missing following a boat mishap that occurred at the Ipakan Boat Jetty, Egbin in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The boat which is reported to have been en route Badore in Ajah to Egbin in Ikorodu with about 21 passengers on board allegedly capsized on Saturday night.

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident which occurred at about 11:00 pm, said investigations reveal that the boat was flipped over by the heavy current.

Three persons were, however, rescued and taken to hospital while the dead comprise a 40-year old woman and a yet-to-be-identified man who were found by the agency’s response team.

Rescue and recovery efforts continue for the other missing passengers by officials of LASEMA, the state’s Waterways Agency (LASWA) and the Marine Police.

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Four Missing As Passenger Boat Capsizes In Delta

 

A boat carrying 22 passengers has capsized in Ebrohimi community creek in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed the development to Channels Television.

According to the acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, the boat comprises of three police officers and 19 other passengers.

“The report available to the Command reveals that on March 9, a boat conveying 22 passengers, three Policemen and 19 members of the community returning from ward 3 Ebrohimi to Koko Jetty after the elections, at about 0120hrs capsized along the waterway at Ureju community,” he stated.

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The police officer explained that 18 passengers including three Policemen and 15 natives have been successfully rescued.

He added that 4 passengers are still missing, two of the rescued passengers have been rushed to the Oghara General Hospital.

Contrary to some rumours, the police spokesman noted that no Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official or National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member was involved in the boat mishap.

He also reiterated the commitment of the police in rescuing the missing passengers.

Eight Dead As Boat Capsizes In India

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A ferry packed with Hindu devotees capsized Monday in southern India as it returned from a festival, killing at least eight people on board with more still missing, officials said.

The boat was believed to be carrying around 30 passengers from an island temple in southern Karnataka state when it overturned in rough waters.

“Eight people have died. We managed to rescue 18 others and think another five or six may still be missing,” police district superintendent Vinayak Patil told AFP.

Thousands of pilgrims travel across the open sea to a festival at the temple each year, Patil said.

A search and rescue operation was underway on the Arabian Sea near Karwar, a navy spokesman said, confirming the death toll but adding that only one passenger was believed unaccounted for while 17 others had been rescued.

Navy helicopters and speedboats were dispatched to the area to help search for survivors.

Boat accidents are common in India, with most blamed on overcrowding and poor maintenance.

At least 10 people were killed in eastern India earlier this month when a packed boat overturned near an island popular with local tourists.

Last May, some 19 people were killed when a boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh state in the country’s south.

AFP