Eleven women and two men drowned in a two separate boat mishaps in Magama local government area of Niger state.
The incident involving the women occurred on Wednesday morning in River Kontagora while the victims were on their way to their farms in a nearby community.
Six of the women were rescued after the mishap while as at Friday morning, the bodies of eight of the drowned women have been found with three others still missing.
Among the dead were married women and underage girls. The boat was said to have capsized due to tidal waves.
The Kontagora River had over flooded its bank following a heavy down pour the previous night, resulting in the tragedy.
Divers from the Niger state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) were the ones who found the drowned bodies as officials from the agency are still looking for the other bodies.
The Director General of NSEMA, Ahmed Ibrahim Inga who confirmed the incident said the accident was involving women going to the farm.
He said that rescue operation is still ongoing and that the agency will speak to the media immediately after the rescue operation is completed.
In a related development, two other people have also been confirmed dead in a boat mishap at New Busa, in Borgu Local Government of the State.
Inga said that the victims died last week when they were travelling in the waterways from one part of the Council Area to another.
The state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has sent a word of condolence to the affected family.
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