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7 killed after boat capsizes in Madhya Pradesh; 5 are children

7 killed after boat capsizes in Madhya Pradesh; 5 are children


Sheopur/Madhya Pradesh: A boat capsized in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district on Saturday, killing seven people, including five children. There were 11 people aboard when the boat hit the fate in the Seep river of Madhya Pradesh, PTI reported.

Four people were rescued in the incident that happened at 4:30 pm in Manpur. Superintendent of Police Abhishek Anand told PTI. Manipur is 40 km away from the district's headquarters.

"The seven deceased comprise five children in the 4-15 age group, a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. The deceased are local residents and members of the Mali (gardeners) community. They had come to a nearby village to mourn the death of a person," the SP said.

"Local residents have told us a storm or a whirlpool may have toppled the boat. Survivors have said there were 11 persons in the boat. However, a team of the State Disaster Response Force is still camping at the site," he added.

Meanwhile, MP Chief Minister Mohan Yadav asked officials to carry out search and rescue operations on a war footing and also directed state energy minister Pradyuman Singh Tomar to rush to the site.

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