World Bulletin / News Desk
Dozens are feared killed in a Wednesday morning boat mishap in Kakanda village of Nigeria's north central Kogi state.
"No fewer than 10 dead bodies have been plucked out of the river since the incident early today," Dauda Maidugu, a resident of the community, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
"Some others were rescued alive by divers and locals," he added.
The accident reportedly involved a 50-passenger boat.
National Emergency Management Agency officials have also confirmed the incident, but could not five casualty figures.
"There was a boat that capsized in Kakanda village in Lokoja local government area of Kogi state," Ishaya Isa Chonoko, NEMA coordinator for the north central, told AA Wednesday night.
"As I am talking to you now rescue operation is still on, so we don't think it would he correct to say this is the number of casualties," he added.
"We will be able to give the exact picture of things tomorrow after the rescue operation," added Chonoko.
Boat accidents are rampant in Nigeria, largely because most operators use wooden boats with little safety measures.
Other major factors experts blame for the mishap are over speeding and poor lighting.Last Mod: 28 Ağustos 2014, 09:54