Boat Carrying Wedding Guests Collides in Cameroon, Killing 38

At least 38 people died after two passenger boats collided in poor weather in the Lagdo reservoir in Cameroon overnight on Saturday, a local security official said.

One boat was carrying a newly married couple and guests from their wedding to Lagdo town and the other was coming in the opposite direction with people from a market, Commander Raymond Beyem Ebanga said in an interview. The vessels were operating in breach of safety rules including a government ban on sailing overnight and overloading, Jean Abate Edi’i, governor of the North region, said in an interview on Monday.

Lagdo, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Garoua town on the Benue River, supplies electricity to the northern part of Cameroon and is used in the irrigation of crops.

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