About 92 Nigeriéns who died of thirst in the Sahara Desert on their way to Algeria after their long vehicle broke down were buried today by government officials of Agadez State.
A foreign journalist who covered the event said that some of the corpses, who were mostly women and children, were eaten up by animals and birds in the desert. Some of the bodies are yet to be found.
The reporter also said that the government of the Republic of Niger has declared three days of national mourning over the tragedy.
Some of the survivors explained that their vehicle developed technical faults that could not be rectified, and that they wandered in the hot weather without water to quench their thirst, leading to their death.
The survivors are presently being treated for malnutrition and dehydration.
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