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September 28, 2013

42 Dead, More Missing in Nigeria Boat Accident

by VOA News

Rescuers in Nigeria are searching for about 100 people who are missing after an overcrowded boat capsized on the Niger River.

Niger State emergency officials said Saturday that 42 bodies had been recovered from the accident, which took place on Friday.

An emergency official say the boat was designed carry about 50 people.

There is no word on what caused the accident. However, villagers said the boat may have hit a tree in a shallow part of the river.

Investigators said the boat was packed with traders who travel to a weekly market in the riverside town of Malale.

A VOA reporter said the accident occurred in a region of Nigeria that is accessible by boat only.