11 picnic guests drown in India

Last updated 15:31 10/02/2014

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Officials say a boat overcrowded with over 115 picnic guests has capsized on a river in India's eastern Odisha state, and at least 11 people have drowned.

State government official Pradeep Kumar Mahapatra says rescuers are searching for another six to seven people feared trapped within the hull of the boat, which sank Sunday in the Hirakud Dam reservoir in Odisha's Sambalpur District, about 1,300 kilometers southeast of New Delhi.

"The boat capsized due to over-crowding," police officer Amitav Panda told NDTV.

"The boat developed a snag mid-way and water also entered in the boat, which led to the capsize."

The bodies of 11 people have been recovered. Authorities are investigating the accident.

Villagers regularly commute over the reservoir by motorboat. 

- AP

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