Lucknow, Nov 19 (IANS) A boat carrying 25 people capsized Monday night in a Uttar Pradesh river. Thirteen people were rescued by locals, while 12, including five children, are missing, police said.
The ill-fated boat capsized in Saryu river at Bahraich, 135 km from here. It was carrying local villagers who had gone to attend a fair on the occasion of Kartik Poornima.
There were 25 people on the boat, out of which 13 were rescued by locals standing on the shore. There is, however, no trace of the remaining dozen, including five children.
A district official told IANS that the rescue and search operations were not carried out at night because of darkness. He said by day break, divers would be sent into the river to locate the missing people.
The incident took place near the Avseripurva village when pilgrims were returning from a fair at the Takia Ghat. The missing people belong to neighbouring villages, Ramsahaypurva, Narainapur, Chandanpur, Sankalpa and Gokulpur, police said.