About 40 people, mostly women and children, perished when the boats they were travelling in capsised, at Badau village, in Bagwai Local Government Area of Kano State.
The boat mishap occurred, on Monday around 6:00pm.
An eyewitness said that the boat capsized in the middle of the river while conveying passengers to Bagwai town from Badau village.
According to him, “The passengers were travelling to Bagwai town to attend the annual Mulud festival.
“The boat capsized due to overload, killing over 40 passengers, mostly women and children. Scores of others sustained various degrees of injuries. Very few passengers survived the incident,” the eyewitness said. 40m d
It was gathered that the victims of the unfortunate incident died right inside the river because they could not swim to its bank and they were not wearing life jackets.
Efforts to contact Mr. Inuwa Zangina, who is chairman of the local government council, failed.
However, Spokesman of the state’s Fire Service, Mr. Saminu Yusuf Abdullahi confirmed the incident.
He said so far 20 corpses had been retrieved while seven people have also been rescued alive as the rescue operation was still ongoing.