Five killed as two boats capsize in India

NEW DELHI (XINHUA) – At least five people were killed after two boats capsized in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, officials said yesterday.

All the bodies have been fished out from the water body. The boats capsized on Monday evening at Beldanga in Murshidabad district, about 175 kilometres north of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

The victims, all men, were taking part in a religious ceremony.

“Last evening two boats carrying people capsized in the middle of a water body at Beldanga,” a police official said. “The men in the boats were going to immerse idols as part of celebrating a festival.”

According to officials, the boats were carrying 10 people each.

“Primarily it seems the overcrowding has caused the boats to capsize,” the police official said. “Our search teams and divers are still at the spot carrying out searches.”

Boat capsizing incidents are common in India as many people especially in rural areas use traditionally made boats as a mode of transport.