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Nigeria Boat Sinking Kills Fourteen

FILE: Following torrential rains in Nigeria, people were stranded due to floods. Taken in Kogi Nigeria, Oct. 6, 2022

Fourteen people drowned when an overloaded passenger vessel capsized in northwest Nigeria, a local official said Thursday, in the country's latest boat-related accident.

The victims -- 11 men and three women -- were travelling for an event marking the birth of Prophet Mohammed on Tuesday when the accident happened.

"We recovered the bodies of the 14 victims and buried them yesterday (Wednesday)," the administrator of Shagari district, Alyu Abubakar Dantani told AFP.

He said 10 other passengers were rescued by local divers.

Two weeks ago, 76 people were killed when their overloaded boat tipped over due to flooding in southeastern Anambra state.

Since the start of the rainy season, many regions of the West African nation of more than 200 million people have been devastated by floods.

More than 600 people have been killed and at least 1.3 million made homeless, according to the emergency services.

Boat accidents occur regularly in Nigeria because of overloading, speeding, poor maintenance and disregarding navigation rules.