Boat Overturns in India, Killing at least 12

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PATNA, India (AP) - An official says a boat carrying dozens of farm workers has capsized on the flooded Ganges River in eastern India, killing at least 12 people.

N.K. Singh, a district administrator, says the death toll is likely to rise because 25 others were reported missing in the accident Sunday near Buxar in Bihar state.

Singh says at least 25 people were able to swim ashore.

He says 12 bodies were recovered from the river and divers are searching for the others.

The accident occurred as the poor farm workers were returning home after working in nearby villages.

Monsoon rains have swelled the river in recent days.

Boat accidents are common in India, where many vessels are unsafe and overloaded.

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