Scores Die As Boat Capsizes In Anambra

Mary Ugwuanyi

At least 76 persons are feared dead after an engine boat conveying about 85 persons capsized in Anambra State on Saturday morning.

Reports say the boat took off from Onukwu Bridge to Nkwo market, Ogbakuba in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, with about 85 people on board when it capsized.

Sources say only about nine passengers have been rescued while the search for the rest persists.

The details of the incident remain scanty at the time of filing this report although unverified sources from a State Emergency Management Authority official said the mishap occurred in the early hours of Saturday.

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He said, “It has happened. An engine boat that loaded about 85 passengers at Onukwu bridge Ossomala enroute to Nkwo Ogbakuba market capsized this morning. Only nine passengers were rescued, the rest are yet to be seen.

“I wasn’t there when the boat loaded but the information we got unofficially is that it loaded 85.”

Source: Punch

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