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Death toll in Kano boat mishap rises to 29

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THE number of people who lost their lives in the boat mishap that occurred in Bagwai, Kano State has risen to 29 with 14 persons still missing.

Among the dead are 21 females and eight males.

Kano State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, gave the figures while addressing a world press conference after an emergency executive council meeting in Kano, yesterday.

According to him, more dead bodies were recovered by divers who had been in search and rescue operation.

“The incident has so far resulted in the death of 29 people. Among them are men and children. As of today, seven victims are responding to treatment at Bichi General Hospital. Search for 14 persons is still ongoing because the total number was about 49 people.

After extensive deliberation on the ill-fated incident, the council resolved to take  immediate measures: one, provision of relief materials to the bereaved families with 120 bags of rice, maize, millet, corn respectively, 50 bags of sugar, 50 bags of table salt, and cash support of N100,000 per head which amounts N6 million.

The council also approved the immediate formation of an investigation committee to unravel the circumstances leading to the sad incident, as well as forestall further occurrence and also directed the state transport service to provide two buses to be conveying people from Bagwai and Badau, while the state government procured three boats for shuttling for a period of one year,” he said.

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