Four officials of World Bank have drowned at Egbe Dam in Egbe Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The unfortunate incident happened on Wednesday evening.
The tragedy struck when a World Bank assessment team on assignment saw themselves struggling for their lives in the middle of the waters.
Their boat was said to have capsized while they were sailing from one end of the dam to the other.
Elombah.com gathered that the small boat was overloaded with seven whereas it could conveniently take only four persons.
The team reportedly came from Development Dams and Irrigation Scheme in Kaduna State to carry out an assessment of the dam.
The dam, according to sources, was long overdue for turnaround maintenance.
They were said to have commenced work at the site on Tuesday before tragedy struck on Wednesday.
Among the survivors was the father of one of the four who died in the incident, a contractor to the World Bank.
Besides him, three other members of the team also survived.
The four victims died in the incident because they did not wear life jackets while the three others who survived the disaster did.
The bodies of the victims were recovered by local fishermen mobilised to the scheme by Gbonyin Local Government Council Chairman, Mrs. Sade Akinrinmola.
The bodies have been deposited at the General Hospital, Ode Ekiti, headquarters of the council area.
Police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the incident which he said was still under investigation.
Adeyemi said: “They must have come from the Federal Ministry because dams are owned by the Federal Government.
“It is true that their boat capsized, four of them died while three survived.”
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