After an accident involving two boats occurred last Saturday, more than 37 bodies have been recovered along the Benue river in northern Cameroon. Many more passengers are still missing.
Of the estimated 200 people aboard the two boats, only ten survivors have been rescued according to reports. Hopes of finding more survivors have been waning since four days have passed.
According to Cameroon’s public broadcaster, the country’s National Navy is still searching for survivors and victims.
The victims were identified as traders returning from the Lagdo market and family members returning home from a customary Muslim marriage ceremony.
In hopes of preventing similar catastrophes, the Governor of Cameroon’s Northern Region, Jean Abate Edi’i, has banned night travel by boat along the Benue river.