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Seventeen drown and 10 missing after boat capsizes in India

At least 17 people have drowned and 10 others missing after their overcrowded boat capsized on Saturday in a river in eastern India, police said.

Police officer Chandan Kushwaha said the tragedy happened as 40 people were returning in the boat from a Hindu religious festival across the river near Patna, the state capital of Bihar.

Thirteen people were rescued and taken to hospital, Kushwaha said. Rescuers were continuing to search for more survivors.

Police said that the boat could carry up to 25 passengers, but that it was overcrowded because of people were returning to Patna after the festival, which was organized by the state government.

The state government has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

Boat accidents are common in India, with life jackets usually not provided to passengers in remote areas.



From Belfast Telegraph