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Boat tragedy: five bodies recovered

india Updated: Nov 04, 2009 11:08 IST

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Bodies of all the five pilgrims who went missing after an overloaded boat capsized on Monday in the Mahanadi river in Orissa's Cuttack district have been recovered, an official said on Wednesday.

Two bodies were recovered during the day Tuesday while three others were recovered late in the night.

"All the bodies missing since the boat mishap have been recovered. The search operation continued late in the night. Three bodies were recovered at about 2.30 am," said Arbind Agrawal, the sub-collector of Athagarh in Cuttack district, about 25 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.

Post mortem examinations will be conducted and then the bodies will be handed over to relatives.

The boat capsized at Mancheswar Ghat while ferrying pilgrims to the Dhabaleswar temple, where there was a heavy rush because it was Kartika Purnima (full moon of Kartika in the Hindu calendar). More than 20 people were rescued on Monday.