A wooden boat carrying 34 people sank between the local government areas of Agwara and Yauri in the states of Niger and Kebbi.
According to accounts, the boat that was transporting people from the banks of the River Niger at Gebbe, Kasabo, and other locations to the Yauri market crashed a little distance from its destination.
Preliminary information suggests that the boat capsized as a result of a strong windstorm that accompanied the weather, according to Yauri officials. Some said the incident allegedly happened on Monday between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
After the boat accident, local divers patrolled the region for survivors.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, the Managing Director of the National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC), Abubakar Yelwa, said divers rescued seven persons and 27 others still missing.
Yelwa said the fatality rate would have been close to nothing if passengers wore life jackets before sailing, adding that the commission will sustain the distribution of lifejackets and her advocacy for its use.
As of the time of filling this report, it was gathered that the rescue effort is still ongoing but victims were said to be from Niger and Kebbi states.
Last month at least rescuers recovered 24 bodies and 50 went missing when a boat ferrying more than 100 farmers across the Niger river in Niger state capsized, officials said.
Two days earlier 10 people drowned while three went missing when a boat ferrying traders overturned in a lake in northeastern Adamawa state, according to emergency officials.