A boat carrying at least 160 people capsized Wednesday in the Niger River in northwestern Nigeria. The boat was meant to carry no more than 80 passengers.
The incident occurred near the town of Wara, which is on the shores of the Kainji Lake, according to a spokesman of the governor of Kebbi.
Abdullahi Buhari Wara, an administrative head of the Ngaski district, said the boat was overloaded as it left central Niger and was traveling on the river, when it broke apart and sank.
Boats capsize fairly regularly in Nigerian and Nigerien waters because of overcrowding and a lack of maintenance, especially during the annual rainy season.
Earlier this month 30 people drowned when an overloaded boat broke apart in central Niger. The boat broke in two after hitting a stump during a storm, according to emergency officials.
The accidents put pressure on Nigerian authorities to tighten policies on water transportation.
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