April 5, 2011 By

Boat Capsize In India’s Orissa Kills Fifteen

4_3At least fifteen people drowned and sixteen others went missing after a boat capsized in a river in Indian state of Orissa, officials said.

The boat which carried more than hundred passengers sank near a dam in Sambalpur district on Sunday. The passengers were, reportedly, picnickers who had hired the boat for a pleasure ride. Fifteen bodies were recovered with the help of the police and emergency workers and the death toll could rise, the officials said. Rescuers used flashlights to search for survivors feared trapped in the hull of the boat.

The overcrowded boat was on the way back from the Hirakud dam when it sank in the Mahanadi River, local police officer Amitabh Pande told the BBC. Boats in India are often overloaded, and lack safety standards due to which accidents are common on the river.

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