About 38 persons are feared dead in a boat mishap on the Ngbuodohia waterway in the Rumuolumeni area of Port Harcourt.
Eyewitnesses told NAN on Wednesday that the mishap, which occurred on Tuesday night, involved a speed boat carrying mainly traders numbering around 40. The boat reportedly capsized at about 9 p.m.
Rescue operations have been launched by the residents but only four passengers have so far been rescued alive.
Some community members who spoke to NAN at the waterfront blamed the situation on the poor state of roads which had forced people to use the Ngbuodohia water route.
A resident, Mr Collins Onunwo, accused the state government of being insensitive to the plight of the people in terms of providing such critical infrastructure.
“Our road is the worst in the state at the moment; accessing other parts of the city from here is difficult, so people have resorted to this means. This would not have happened if the roads were in good shape.”
Onunwo said the accident had thrown the community into mourning as the identities of those who had died were still not known.