Survivors of a boat that sank in central Mali said as many as 160 people are missing more than a day later.

The vessel travelling from Mopti to the northern town of Timbuktu broke apart late on Friday while passengers were sleeping onboard.

Yaya Tikambo, a representative of the boat company at the scene, said on Sunday that 30 bodies had been retrieved from the Niger River.

Many of those travelling to Timbuktu were schoolchildren returning for class.

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