At least 22 children have drowned in Sudan as the boat taking them to school sank in the Nile.
The accident occurred when the boat’s engine broke down as result of heavy rains and winds in Beheir district in the Nile River state. A woman also died when the boat sank around 750km north of the capital, Khartoum, with more than 40 children on board.
Civil defence forces are still searching the Nile River for the bodies of the victims. A witness said that the boat had been crossing the river against the current.
“All the families [in the area] are in mourning,” added the witness, who did not want to be named.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sudanese authorities ordered the closure of schools due to heavy torrential rains and winds that have destroyed hundreds of homes in some provinces, including North Darfur and North Kordofan.
According to local media, about 40 people have been killed due to heavy rains since last week.