The death toll of a boat drowning in the Yamuna River in northern India on Thursday rose to at least 20.
“It seems the boat was carrying more than its capacity,” said Dharm Bal Singh, a judge in Bugbat province in Uttar Pradesh state.
Local security forces recovered 20 bodies, most of them women, according to the local press. In these remote areas, people often do not know how to swim.
“The ship sank early this morning with about 50 or 55 people aboard,” Singh said. While angry residents demonstrated in the streets of Bagbat to denounce the authorities’ reaction.
Ship accidents occur mainly in India due to overload, poor maintenance and lack of respect for safety rules