At least 19 drown in river in India

Authorities searching for survivors

At least 19 people have died in India’s eastern state of Bihar after a boat sank in the Ganges River, according to police. The reported 40 passengers on board were returning on Saturday from watching a kite-flying celebration to mark Makar Sankranti, a religious festival that is believed to carry the arrival of spring.
“Rescue operations are on to find those still missing,” Manu Maharaj, senior police officer, said.
“We can confirm that 19 people have died.”
Chandrashekhar, the state disaster management minister, told Reuters news agency the boat was overcrowded and only had an initial capacity of transporting up to 30 people.
The vessel did not make it far from the boat station in the state capital, Patna, when it tipped over and began to sink further into the sea, close to the annual festival’s site.
Chandrashekhar said an estimated 10 to 12 people managed to swim back to shore.
The minister added that eight were rescued form sea and have been admitted to a hospital for medical treatment.
Local TV footage showed emergency workers searching for possible survivors underwater, while families waited for a verdict on shore. Search missions were reportedly overseen by senior officials, who camped at the site of the accident.