Many people were missing and 15 had been rescued after an over-loaded passenger boat capsized in southeast Nigeria, emergency services said Saturday.
The accident on Friday occurred on the Niger river near Umunnankwo in Anambra state, an area devastated by floods.
"We have rescued 15 people while many are missing", he said.
He said no dead had so far been recovered, but added that the search and rescue operation was ongoing.
Local media however said 85 people had boarded the boat at the Onukwu bridge, and were heading to the Nkwo market in Ogbakuba before it capsized.
Boat accidents are common in Nigeria because of over-loading, speeding, poor maintenance and disregard of traffic rules.
Since the start of the rainy season, many regions of Nigeria have been devastated by floods.
Thousands of farmlands and crops have also been washed away by floods, sparking fear of food shortage, famine and hunger in a country already struggling with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.