13 drown in boat accident in UP
A police official says a boat carrying people home from work capsized overnight in Barhi village, about 150 kilometers southeast of Lucknow killing 13 people.Updated: Aug 07, 2008 10:55 IST
A police official says a boat carrying people home from work capsized overnight in northern India killing 13 people.
Local police official Rajesh Modak says five people on board managed to swim to safety and six others were rescued. Modak says four others are still missing. The accident took place in Barhi village, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Boat tragedies are common in India, especially during the June-September monsoon season, when often heavy rains result in flooding. The boats used to ferry passengers are also generally rickety, overcrowded and people seldom use life jackets.