At least 10 people drowned and 20 were missing Saturday after an overcrowded boat capsized in a river in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state, news reports and officials said.
Ten bodies were recovered and a search was on for the missing victims in the Godavari river near at a village about 400 kilometres east of state capital Hyderabad, the IANS news agency reported.
The boat was carrying 70 people, mostly pilgrims. Local residents rescued 40 passengers, the report said. The pilgrims were en route to a Hindu temple on the other side of the river, DPA reported.
Local police confirmed nine dead.
"We have found nine bodies so far and five to six people are missing," senior district police officer Ram Verma said by telephone. He said it was difficult to determine the total number of passengers on the boat.
Verma said the ferry overturned because of overcrowding.