At least 10 people have died and another 60 are missing after a boat capsized in Nigeria’s southeastern Anambra state.
According to international media, the vessel, with 85 people on board, capsized amid heavy flooding, trapping the passengers, Thickman Tanimu, zonal coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, told reporters on Saturday.
Anambra state Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo said in a statement that 10 people had drowned. The head of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency said 15 people had been rescued as of Saturday evening.
The incident happened between 11 am (1000 GMT) and noon on Friday, the agency said.
Area resident and former local government leader Afam Ogene said the boat’s engine failed and it was overpowered by waves shortly after it launched.
“It is a locally made boat that can take more than hundred people, unfortunately its engine failed and there was a stampede,” Ogene said.
Tanimu said a military disaster response unit from the Nigerian army was assisting the search effort.