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21 die, several missing as boat capsizes in Thatta

21 die, several missing as boat capsizes in Thatta

Funeral prayers of as many as five people, who died when a boat capsized in Thatta, have been offered in Karachi's Malir today (Friday).

Around 80 pilgrims, including women and children, were on their way to a shrine 'mela' (fair) when their boat capsized in the open sea, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Thatta Haseeb Afzal said, adding that the boat was overloaded with passengers. He added that the boat was carrying passengers travelling to the shrine of Pir Pathai to celebrate a festival.

The 17 killed included women and children, and 20 others were pulled from the sea alive, he said.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Thatta Nasir Baig said the boat was carrying 60-70 passengers.

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At least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded after a ferry boat capsized during heavy winds in waters off the coast of southern Pakistan, officials said on December 7.

Hyderabad Division Commissioner Dr Saeed Magnejo said that ongoing local rescue efforts were being supported by coordination with military units in the area.

At least 50 people belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Community drowned.

Allah Dino Mallah, a local boatman, said due to disproportionately lower number of ferries and high number of devotees the boatmen have been transporting more passengers. These reports, however, have not been independently verified, the paper said.