Five killed, 10 missing as boat capsizes in Bihar

Aug 10, 2012, 14:50 IST | Agencies

At least five women drowned and 10 people, mostly women, were missing after a boat ferrying over 30 people capsized in Kosi river in Bihar's Madhubani district early Friday, police said.

Over a dozen people managed to swim to safety and some were rescued by local villagers.

The boat capsized near Balthighat under Bheja police station. "Search and rescue operations are on," a police officer said.

A district administration official said five bodies had been recovered. "Local officials launched rescue operations in the river," an official said.

The boat, with a capacity of 15, was overcrowded, police said.

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