30 dead, 65 rescued in Niger state boat mishap

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Thirty bodies have been recovered while 65 persons were rescued by local divers after a boat mishap in Tijana in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

A local boat carrying about 100 people, including women and children, capsized midway into the journey, at about 6:00pm, on Saturday, May 8.

A search and rescue operation began immediately and 30 bodies have been recovered so far. Local divers are still in search of the remaining bodies.

The boat reportedly capsized due to a heavy windstorm caused by the rain that fell on Saturday evening May 8.

Among the victims were some returnees who had earlier fled their homes with their children due to bandits attacks.