At least 10 individuals have died and one other 60 are lacking after a ship capsized in Nigeria’s southeastern Anambra state, officers stated on Saturday.
The vessel, with 85 individuals on board, capsized amid heavy flooding, trapping the passengers, Thickman Tanimu, zonal coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, advised Reuters.
Anambra state Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo stated in an announcement that 10 individuals had drowned. The head of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency stated 15 individuals had been rescued as of Saturday night.
The incident occurred between 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) and midday on Friday, the company stated.
Area resident and former native authorities chief Afam Ogene stated the boat’s engine failed and it was overpowered by waves shortly after it launched.
“It is a locally made boat that can take more than hundred people, unfortunately its engine failed and there was a stampede,” Ogene stated.
Tanimu stated a navy catastrophe response unit from the Nigerian military was aiding the search effort.
Anambra is among the many 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states to have skilled heavy flooding this 12 months. The waters have washed away properties, crops and roads and impacted not less than half one million individuals.
Ogene stated flooding had destroyed the most important highway linking the eight communities to the remainder of the Ogbaru native authorities space, forcing residents to travel by boat.
Farmers say the rising waters will push meals payments larger in a nation the place hundreds of thousands have fallen into meals poverty previously two years.