Eleven people have died in a boat mishap in Garafina village in Borugu Local Government Area of Niger State.
The boat with 18 people on board capsized when it hit a tree covered by water.
Confirming the incident to Channels Television via Telephone, the spokesman for the Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA), Abubakar Mohammed, said the incident happened on Monday night.
The deceased have been buried according to Islamic rites while the seven survivors are receiving treatment at Borugu General Hospital.
Investors are beginning to take advantage of Nigeria’s waterways by introducing ferries that convey passengers from one location to another, but after a boat mishap in Lagos few months ago, the government advised passengers to ensure that they use passengers life vest.
Several boats lack necessary facilities that could help safe lives when accidents occur.
Thousands of people across the country have been rendered homeless by the recent floods ravaging the north-central part of Nigeria.
The overflow of River Niger has caused massive flooding in Kogi, Edo, Niger and Anambra states, displacing over a million people, destroying properties worth millions of Naira including highway road and bridges, as a number of lives are reported lost.
The thousands that are lucky to be alive are now internally displaced people (IDP).
The director-general, Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Shaba has declared that “the flood has overwhelmed the state government.”
The flood has also divided the country into two parts as the water flooded the Lokoja-Abuja road, making it impossible for travellers to move from the southern part to the northern part of the country.
Many travellers were shocked when on getting to Lokoja, they discovered that they could only get to the other side by canoe.
However the director general of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET ) Dr Anthony Anuforom, noted that “the worst is not over yet.”
NIMET however says more rains are expected which would likely cause more floods in different parts of the country.
The meteorological agency warns that the high level of flooding currently spread across most parts of the central states will soon find its way to the southern part of Nigeria; this is according to the Nigerian meteorology