Sunday 19 August 2018

At least 19 dead after boat capsizes in Indian river

Rescuers search in the Yamuna River and villagers gather after a country boat, seen in the foreground, capsized near Baghpat town in Uttar Pradesh state, India (AP)
Rescuers search in the Yamuna River and villagers gather after a country boat, seen in the foreground, capsized near Baghpat town in Uttar Pradesh state, India (AP)

Nineteen people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Yamuna River in northern India and a search is under way for missing passengers, police said.

Senior police officer Ram Kumar said more than 60 people were on the boat when it capsized near Baghpat town in Uttar Pradesh state early on Thursday.

At least 10 people swam to safety while about 31 passengers are missing. Nineteen bodies had been pulled out of the river, Mr Kumar said.

Authorities were investigating, though they believe overcrowding was a likely cause. The boat had a capacity for only 35 passengers, said district magistrate Bhawani Singh.

AP

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