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At least 16 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

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    AFP

New Delhi | Mon, November 13, 2017 | 12:27 am
At least 16 dead as boat capsizes in India: police Indian labourers move a clay statue of the Hindu goddess Durga by boat to a place of worship across the river Ganges ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on September 23, 2017. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar )

At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said.

Police in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state said they recovered at least 16 bodies from Krishna River where the accident took place. 

"Rescue operations are on and they will continue until all have been traced," a local police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.  

Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Boat accidents are common in India, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety on ferries.

Twenty people died in September when a boat packed with labourers capsized on the Yamuna river in northern India.

 

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