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    76 dead as boat capsizes in southern Nigeria

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    Abuja, October 9 The Nigerian Presidential Palace said in a statement on the 9th that a boat capsized accident in Anambra state in southern Nigeria recently killed 76 people.

    A ferry carrying 85 people capsized on the 7th due to flooding on a river in Ogbaru District, Anambra State, killing 76 people, the statement said. Nigerian President Buhari expressed his condolences to the victims of the accident and asked the rescue department to rush to the scene of the accident to search and rescue the missing.

    Local media quoted an official from the emergency management department of Anambra state as saying that the accident occurred in recent days with heavy rains and rising river water levels. The ferry was diverting local people to safety. When the boat capsized.

    The rainy season starts in April every year and ends gradually in October. During the rainy season, continuous rainfall is likely to cause floods. In May this year, the Nigerian Meteorological Department issued flood warnings during the rainy season to 32 states.

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