At least 20 people died on Thursday when a boat packed with labourers capsized on the Yamuna river in northern India, an official said.
Twenty bodies have been recovered, Dharam Pal Singh, additional magistrate of Baghpat district in Uttar Pradesh state, disclosed. “It appears the boat was crowded beyond its capacity,” he said.
“The incident happened early morning. It was a privately hired boat and was carrying some 50-55 people,” said Singh.
Boat accidents are common in India, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety on ferries.
Nineteen people died in January when a boat carrying revellers from a kite festival capsized on the Ganges river in eastern India.