Over 30 In­dian wor­ship­pers drown dur­ing Hindu rit­u­als

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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.

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