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Boat capsizes in Bihar, 35 dead

Patna: As many as 35 people, mostly women and children, were killed when a boat capsized in the Ganga river in Bihar’s Buxar district, police said on Monday.

There were around 80 people in the boat when the accident took place late on Sunday near Dallupur bank, about 125 km from Patna. At least 15 people were still missing, a police official said.

The passengers, all of them poor labourers, were returning after plucking maize.

“Prima-facie it appears the accident took place because of over-loading,” the police official said.

A district official said, “The boat could ferry 35 people, but at the time of the accident the boat had people more than twice its capacity.”

Rescue and search operations are on, the official added.

The Bihar government has ordered a probe into the accident and announced a compensation of Rs1 lakh each for the relatives of the dead.

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