Another boat mishap in Adamawa State has claimed 11 lives, the second accident in three days after Saturday’s incident where 10 persons lost their lives.
The latest incident occurred Monday at Kwatan Mallam Adamu in Gurin village in Fufore Local Government Area where farmers, hurrying to reach home to escape a threatening rainfall, rushed into the ill-fated boat.
A witness, Dahiru Gurin, said about 40 passengers overcrowded the boat before a heavy downpour and strong wind set in, causing the boat to capsize.
Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mohamed Suleiman, confirmed the incident but could not be definite about casualty figures. He also insisted late on Monday that rescue efforts were yet to ascertain details on the accident.
State Deputy Governor, Kaletapwa Farauta had visited the scene and promised provision of life jackets while warning boat operators to beware of unfriendly weather and to avoid overloading.