Two boats transporting people across a river have capsized in Yobe State, leaving at least eight people dead and many more missing.
The two passenger boats which headed for the Babangida weekly market capsized in a flood wave on Saturday afternoon, according to Mamman Mohammed, Yobe’s Director-General Press and Media Affairs.
According to the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), the disaster took place in Jumbam hamlet of Yobe Local Government Area.
Eight dead have reportedly been found so far by the divers involved in the search and rescue effort, according to Mohammed Goje.
Mr. Goje further revealed that eight other patients at Bursari’s Dapchi General Hospital are stable and in the hospital.
“The number of dead bodies recovered so far is 8 but our local divers are still working on recovering more bodies from the accident.”
“There are also eight people that are injured and are on admission at General Hospital at Dapchi. I must tell you that all of them are stable. We would have moved them to the Teaching Hospital in Damaturu but because of the difficult situation it is very difficult, so it is better they are stabilized at the nearest hospital,” he said.