No fewer than 53 traders were feared dead in a boat accident on River Niger in Bagudo, Kebbi State.
Chairman of the Bagudo Local Government Council Alhaji Muhammad Zagga, told the newsmen in a telephone interview that the traders were on the way to a market when the accident occurred.
“Majority of the traders are from Gaya Village in Niger Republic.
“They were going to a market in Lolo when their boat capsized,” he said.
Zagga said out of about 100 passengers on board the boat, 47 were rescued. The others could not yet be accounted for.
The chairman said that the authorities in Niger Republic had deplored 500 divers to search for the missing people.
Acting Director-General of Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency Alhaji Abbas Rabi’u, described the incident as unfortunate and disastrous.
“The victims were mostly traders from Niger Republic,” he said.
Also in the state, an outbreak of gastroenteritis has killed 18 people at Dole-Kaina in Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
The Newsmen reports that the 18 people were among the 216 victims that were admitted at the border hospital in Kamba area of Dandi local government area.
Deputy Nursing Officer in the area Mr Lawal Saidu, told reporters that the victims were stooling and vomiting excessively when they were brought to the hospital, but they died while on treatment.
According to him, the hospital had been admitting and treating people daily for the disease.
“Yes, there is an outbreak of cholera; we lost 18 out of the 216 people that have been brought on admission here last week,” he confirmed.
Newsmen recalls that Dole-Kaina was part of the communities that were affected by flood recently.
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