Kano: Dozens, including many children, die in boat mishap

An overloaded boat carrying dozens of passengers, mostly children aged eight to 15, has capsized on Bagwai River, in Kano State, according to rescue officials.

The spokesman for Kano State’s Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, said the incident took place late on Tuesday.

“We have recovered 29 bodies … and rescued seven passengers. The search for the remaining 13 bodies is ongoing”, Abdullahi told the AFP news agency yesterday.

Abdullahi said the boat was “meant to ferry 12 adults but the skipper packed such a number of children onboard”.

The children, from Badau village in Kano State, were on their way to Bagwai, a town on the other side of the river, for a religious ceremony.

Recall that last month, seven girls, aged between 10 and 12, drowned in neighbouring Jigawa State, when their boat capsized.

Also in June, 13 people died in Sokoto State when a boat ferrying wedding guests capsized.

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