BREAKING: Many Feared Dead , 22 Rescued As Boat Carrying Over 160 Passengers Capsizes In River Niger

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Many Dead as Boat Carrying Over 160 Passengers Capsizes In River Niger

A boat carrying over 160 passengers on the River Niger in northwestern Nigeria, leaving dozens of people missing and presumed dead.

The passengers, mostly women and children, were travelling from Niger to Kebbi states when the boat capsized on Wednesday morning, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

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According to eyewitnesses, the boat had more than 160 people on board when it split in half in the middle of the river.

Authorities in Kebbi State told the BBC that water divers and rescue agencies were searching for the passengers.

22 people have been rescued so far.

Boat accidents are prevalent along the Niger River, particularly when the water level increases after heavy rain.

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Overcrowding or collisions with river tree trunks are also blamed for some accidents.

A similar catastrophe in the neighbourhood killed eight people last September.

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