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14 drown as boat capsizes in UP

delhi Updated: Jun 14, 2010 13:04 IST

At least 14 people drowned when a boat capsized in the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district on Monday, police said.

Around 65 people were in the boat when the accident took place near the Ujwalia bank.

"We have taken out 14 bodies with the help of divers and the river police," district police chief VK Shekhar said over telephone from Ballia, some 300 km from Lucknow.

"Several people are still missing. The death toll is likely to go up," District Magistrate Senthil Pandiyan told IANS.

According to police, those in the boat were going to perform rituals related to the mundan ceremony of their children midstream.