Ten children dead, 10 missing as boat capsizes in India

Other News Materials 1 August 2008 17:51 (UTC +04:00)

At least 10 children were drowned and 10 more missing when a boat capsized Friday in a river in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a news agency reported.

Police said the boat capsized in the Tons river in the Azamgarh district which is located 280 kilometres south-east of the state capital Lucknow, the IANS reported.

Senior police official Vijay Garg said four children and the boatman swam to safety while the search operation was launched to find the missing children, reported dpa.

"The children were returning from school (on the ferry) when the accident took place due to the strong current of the river," Garg said.

"10 bodies have been fished out and we have deputed divers and local fishermen in the search and rescue operation," he added.