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38 missing as boat capsizes in central Nepal

(Xinhua)

10:50, August 17, 2011

KATHMANDU, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 38 people went missing after a boat capsized in the Kamala River in central Nepal on Tuesday evening, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to a local Tej Narayan Thakur, there were 41 passengers on the boat. The incident occurred near Tedhiyomod of Lakkar Village Development Committee in Dhanusha, said locals.

But another local Raj Kishor Yadav of Siraha said that only 15 persons were missing. All those on the boat were farmers. The boat was carrying more people than its capacity.

Locals, along with police personnel were searching for the missing persons, according to The Himalayan Times daily.

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