Boat capsizes in Srinagar, four dead, 19 missing

SRINAGAR: Four people died and scores of others including several children going to school were missing when a boat ferrying them across the Jhelum river overturned in Srinagar, occupied Kashmir.

At least 26 people were on the boat when it capsized, an official in occupied Kashmir told AFP. Rescue personnel including divers were searching for the missing persons.

Many office workers and schoolchildren take a boat across the river in the morning to avoid road traffic. Accidents are common on the treacherous roads of the mountainous region but passenger boat disasters are rare.

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