Over 30 Indian worshippers drown during Hindu rituals
NEW DELHI — More than 30 Hindu worshippers have drowned in swollen rivers and in a lake in India as thousands participated in religious ceremonies in which figures of a Hindu god are immersed in water, officials and news reports said Friday.
At least 11 people drowned when their boat capsized early Friday on a lake in central Indian city of Bhopal, rescuers said.
The boat tilted and capsized as the worshippers were immersing a large idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, police said.
The Press Trust of India news agency said 18 other people drowned when they were swept away by flooded rivers in a half dozen towns in western Maharashtra state on Thursday and Friday. Four other worshippers drowned in the Yamuna River in New Delhi during religious ceremonies.