An­other In­dian boat tragedy

Daily Dispatch - - World News -

AT LEAST 20 peo­ple died yes­ter­day when a boat packed with labour­ers cap­sized on the Ya­muna river in north­ern In­dia.

Dharam Pal Singh, the ad­di­tional mag­is­trate in Bagh­pat, Ut­tar Pradesh state, said 20 bod­ies had been re­cov­ered. “It ap­pears the boat was crowded be­yond its ca­pac­ity,” he said.

“The in­ci­dent hap­pened early morn­ing. It was a pri­vately hired boat and was car­ry­ing some 5055 peo­ple.”

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

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