Kwara boat accident: 100 dead and more missing in Nigeria

More than 100 people have drowned and more are missing after a boat carrying them down the River Niger in south-western Nigeria capsized on Monday, authorities say.

The vessel was carrying around 300 passengers travelling from Kwara state to Niger state after a wedding.

Search and rescue efforts were continuing, officials said.

The boat capsized after part of the vessel collapsed, causing water to flood the boat, police said.

There are differing reports of the exact number of people confirmed dead.

Kwara state police said 106 had died, with around 144 rescued from the river. It added that more than half of the dead came from the village of Ebu, while another 38 were from nearby Dzakan village.

Earlier, the Emir of Patigi Ibrahim Umar Bologi II – the traditional ruler of the area where it happened – said more than 150 people were feared to have drowned.

One survivor, Mohammed Alhassan, told the BBC many women died trying to save their children. He said his sister had survived but her 7-year-old son did not make it.

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