Again! Boat Mishap Claims 11 Lives In Adamawa

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Another boat accident oc uring within in three days has in Adamawa State on Monday afternoon resulted to the loss of 10 lives.

The latest incident occurred at Kwatan Mallam Adamu in Gurin village Fufore Local Government Area where farmers, hurrying to reach home to escape a threatening rainfall, rushed into the ill-fated boat.

Narrated a witness: “About 40 passengers crammed into the boat to get home before today’s heavy downpour. Unfortunately, midway, a strong wind and thunderstorm set in, causing the boat to capsize”.

Added the witness while indicating that quick intervention by divers reduced casualty: “A mother who held up her infant on the surface of the water drowned, but the baby was saved by a diver”.

Another source said divers had so far taken out 11 bodies from the water.

Dahiru Gurin, Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), confirmed the incident but could not be definite about casualty figures.

He insisted late on Monday that rescue efforts were yet to ascertain details on the accident.

After the earlier boat accident on Saturday morning in Rugange, Yola South Local Government Area, the state Deputy Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta had visited the scene Saturday afternoon.

She had promised provision of life jackets while warning boat operators to beware of unfriendly weather and to avoid overloading.

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