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No fewer than six people have been reported dead after a boat capsized in the Gbara area of Mokwa Local Government Area, LGA, in Niger State.
A statement issued by the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, on Saturday stated that five people are still missing.
Th mishap occurred on Friday evening when the boat which was carrying 48 passengers was on its way back from Danchitagi village market in Lavun LGA to Gbara village.
According to the NSEMA, the accident was caused by heavy downpour, accompanied by windstorm.
The statement read, “NSEMA has received a report of boat mishap that occurred yesterday evening around 6:30pm at Gbara area of Mokwa LGA (River Kaduna). ee Also: Scores Die As Boat Capsizes In Anambra
“The boat, which took off from Lanchikagi village of Lavun LGA, was heading to Gbara village. There were 48 passengers on board and they were said to be returning from Danchitagi village market (Lavun LGA) which comes up every Friday.
“As at the time of filing this report, 37 persons survived, 6 dead bodies were recovered and 5 persons still missing.
“The cause of the incident was as a result of heavy downpour which was accompanied by violent windstorm. Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are still ongoing.”
Niger is one of the State across Nigeria that is being faced by flood which has led to the loss of lives and properties.