Breaking News! At Least 22 Children Drowned After Boat Sinks in the Nile River in Sudan While Students Were On Their Way to School
At least 22 students drowned when a boat was crossing the Nile River in Sudan. The boat was carrying more than 40 people when it capsized due to rough conditions.
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At least 22 people, the majority of whom are children, are dead after a boat sank in the River Nile in Sudan.
The boat was carrying more than 40 pupils, on their way to school in the north of the country, before suffering a technical failure, according to Sudan’s state news agency.
Last picture they took before they went over the Big Ridge. RIP
At least 22 primary school children drowned on Wednesday when a boat carrying more than 40 people sank while crossing the Nile in northern #Sudan ðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡©, state news agency SUNA said.https://t.co/oMlA26mWON pic.twitter.com/xGGW08Ci82
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At least 21 students and a woman were killed in the country’s northern River Nile state, with civil defense forces searching waters for the missing but yet to recover any bodies.
A female hospital employee was among those drowned near the small village of Kabna, 470 miles north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum.Â One witness said at least nine children survived the tragedy.
“The accident was caused by engine failure halfway across because of a strong current,” the SUNA news agency said.
It also reported the small boat was overloaded with about 30 sacks of sweet potatoes and 10 bags of grain, in addition to the human cargo.
A witness told AFP by telephone that the boat had been crossing the river against the current.
‘All the families (in the area) are in mourning,’ added the witness, who did not want to be named.
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