Two children have been confirmed dead while two others sustained various degrees of injuries in a boat mishap that occurred in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger.
The Overseeing Director-General of Niger Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Salihu Garba, disclosed this to journalists in Minna on Saturday.
He said the incident occurred on Friday at about 6 p.m when the boat engine caught fire due to a mechanical failure and inflamed a gallon of petrol stored inside the boat.
He said that one hundred and forty-five passengers were in the boat, adding that they were from the Danbo community in Kogi.
He further noted that the body of one of the deceased children had been recovered while the search for the second missing child was still ongoing.