At least 24 dead as boat capsizes in eastern India

January 15, 2017 09:05


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Twenty-four bodies have been recovered and rescue operations are underway in India's eastern Bihar province after a boat capsized in the river Ganges, police said on Sunday (January 15).

The accident occurred in Patna district when the boat was ferrying people who were returning after a kite festival during the festival of 'Makar Sankranti.'

The vessel, which had taken people for a free ride from the Ganga Ghat, was reportedly overcrowded and capsized.

"Until now 24 bodies have been recovered. One has not been identified, whereas 23 have been identified," said Manu Maharaj, Senior Superintendent of Police, in Patna on Sunday (January 15) morning.

A large crowd of onlookers, including relatives of missing passengers, gathered by the riverbank and many were seen distraught and in tears.

The rescued were admitted in the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

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