Eighteen feared dead as boat capsizes in east India

At least 18 New Year's revellers, including seven children, were feared drowned after an overcrowded boat capsized in a river in eastern India, officials said on Monday.

Eighteen feared dead as boat capsizes in east India

At least 18 New Year's revellers, including seven children, were feared drowned after an overcrowded boat capsized in a river in eastern India, officials said on Monday.

About 29 people were on board the small boat when it capsized late on Sunday in West Bengal state's Kolaghat town, about 60 km (37 miles) from Kolkata, the state capital.

"Operations are on to trace bodies and chances of rescuing any more survivors looks slim," C.D. Lama, a senior government official, said after 11 people were rescued by fishermen.


Reuters

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