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At least 19 drown as boat capsizes in Uttar Pradesh: police
September 14, 2017 / 6:58 AM / 10 days ago

At least 19 drown as boat capsizes in Uttar Pradesh: police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least 19 people drowned and 10 are missing after a boat capsized in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, a police officer said.

The boat capsized on Thursday morning while farmers were being ferried to their farmlands.

Dharavath Pradeep Kumar, a senior police officer who was leading rescue operations, said the boat was carrying 40 people, many more than its capacity of 25.

It capsized not far from the river bank in Katha village in Uttar Pradesh state, 45 km (30 miles) north of the capital, New Delhi.

Eleven people were rescued and were admitted to a government hospital, he said.

Kumar said police were investigating the boat operator.

Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by Paul Tait

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