The head of maritime, Sama Gamanga, confirmed to me that five people drowned in a collision in the southern district on Monday.
He said nine others were unaccounted for and presumed dead when workers from a fishing trawler on Tuesday overloaded a local boat to make it back home after weeks at sea. The boat capsized.
A search-and-rescue operation failed to account for the nine who are presumed drowned.
It’s not clear how many people were onboard the vessels involved in both incidents. – Umaru Fofana