Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Massive loss as Boat sinks in Nigeria oil-rich Niger delta region

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It was recently reported that a boat travelling between Eagle Island and Mgbuodohia in River state of Nigeria capsized on Tuesday. As reported, the rescue team has been able to recover 20 bodies so far, while they are still making effort to recover others. Though circumstances surrounding the incident is not clear at the time of this report but findings revealed that the boat was overloaded while some passengers were standing.
This could possibly have caused the incident but actual conclusions can not be made at this time.  A rescue official in the area, Umesi Emenike, said the survivors included a child and a pregnant woman who gave birth hours after being rescued (BBC reports). Obviously the pregnant woman and her unborn child must be lucky. This was quite emotional for eye witnesses, onlookers, members of the community and families while they all stared in shock.

Nigerians had "paid a high price" for the economic growth brought by the oil industry. 
The oil rich state which has recently faced series of oil spillage in the recent times, has been over the media for some time now. Despite the region's oil wealth, most people there are poor and complain of bad transport networks. A recent leaked summary of a first large-scale scientific study of pollution in the area, has been seen by the Guardian which reports;
•Heavy contamination of land and underground water courses, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled.
• Community drinking water with dangerous concentrations of benzene and other pollutants.
• Soil contamination more than five metres deep in many areas studied.
• Most of the spill sites oil firms claimed to have cleaned still highly contaminated.
• Evidence of oil firms dumping contaminated soil in unlined pits.
• Water coated with hydrocarbons more than 1,000 times the level allowed by Nigerian drinking water standards.
• Failure by Shell and others to meet minimum Nigerian or own standards.
This obviously has disastrous consequences for human and wildlife. 
More stories will be reported on this as time goes on.


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