KANO, Nigeria (AA) – Around 1,500 corpses have been swept away by floods from a cemetery in northern Nigeria, an official said Wednesday.
The governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, confirmed the news, saying a nearby river was littered with corpses.
The floods followed days of rains in the area and other neighborhoods and affected the 60-year-old cemetery in the town of Mariga.
According to Bello, the incident occurred as a result of the River Mariga overflowing its banks.
Bello said confirmed that the cemetery is located near a river and that the activities of illegal miners exposed it to this disaster.
He said rescue workers have been deployed in the town to recover the bodies and rebury them at safer locations.