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10 people killed as private boat capsizes in East India

English.news.cn   2014-02-10 03:35:22

MUMBAI, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed as a private boat capsized in Eastern Indian state of Odisha on Sunday, news channel NDTV reported.

The mishap took place at the Hirakud reservoir in Odisha's Sambalpur district, official sources said. At least seven others went missing.

"Ten bodies have so far been fished out and the number of casualty may rise," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.

"We have rescued about 80 people from the water. People said about 100 people were in the boat which capsized on the reservoir, " said Amitav Panda, a police officer of Ainthapalli Police Station.

The boat was carrying a large group of picnickers when the tragedy occurred, the sources said, adding the boat's capacity is 70 and it did not have basic safety measures like life-guards.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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