At least 10 lives were lost in a river in eastern India, killing including eight children, the fishing boat toppled on Wednesday while it was anchored near Hukitola, an island in the Mahanadi river popular with tourists, after some of the occupants tried to disembark at the same time.
According to reports the rescue managers, “So far nine bodies have been recovered while the body of a six-year-old girl is yet to be retrieved,” said Dasarathi Satpathy, the magistrate of Kendrapara district in Odisha state.
The local newspaper also confirmed thet that the boat was meant to carry a maximum of 20 people but was packed with some 55 passengers, most of them women and children.
State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,701) each to the families of the deceased and free medical treatment for the injured.
In 2018, 19 people were killed when a boat capsized in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh state.
In 2017, 20 people were killed in a similar boat accident on the Yamuna river in northern India.