A joyous celebration suddenly turned into tragedy when an overloaded wooden boat transporting a large wedding party capsized in a remote part of Nigeria, killing more than 100 people.
The accident — one of the worst of its kind in recent years — happened Monday night in the Niger River separating two neighboring states.
By Wednesday, the death toll from the disaster has risen to 106, including multiple children. The names of the victims have not been released.
Police spokesman Okasani Ajayi said at least 144 people have been rescued over the past two days by first responders and local villagers — and he believed that more survivors could still be out there.
The boat was ferrying people from Niger state to neighboring Kwara state after a wedding ceremony when it keeled over,