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Six die as boat capsizes in Bihar

IANS 01 Nov 2014, 16:19:59 PM IST

Patna:  At least six people, including three children, were killed and five others went missing when a boat capsized in Bihar's Jamui district Saturday, police said.

The accident took place in Gahi Dam.

"Six bodies were recovered from the dam by villagers and five others are missing," a police officer said.

According to police, 16 people were on the boat when it capsized in the dam in Maoist affected Jamui, about 200 km from here.

Five people swam to safety, the officer said.

The district administration has sought the National Disaster Response Force's help in the search mission, disaster management department principal secretary Vayasji said. Jamui district magistrate Sashikant Tiwary says authorities are searching for another nine people who were missing after the boat overturned in the water Saturday.

Rescuers retrieved the bodies of six people, including three children.

Tiwary said the boat had been transporting 15 villagers to a place of Islamic religious worship, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) south of the state capital of Patna. No other information was immediately available.