Nine children dead after boat capsizes in India

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but the district official said 27 people were believed to be aboard.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“May the injured recover soon. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected.”

Vadodara municipal commissioner Dilip Rana confirmed the toll to AFP but did not provide further information on the victims.

Fatal boat accidents are common on Indian waterways.

Last year, at least 22 people were killed when their double-decker tourist boat capsized in the southern state of Kerala.

Survivors of that accident told local media that many of the passengers were not wearing life jackets.

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