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Two Drowned Eight Rescued as Boat Capsizes in the Indus River

By: Kamran Khamiso Khowaja

SUJAWAL: Around 10 people including 8 women were in the boat that capsized in the Indus river near Belo town of district Sujawal here on Thursday. Six of them were rescued by the local divers however two women identified as Mina 40 and Benazir 35 drowned.
According to reports, reaching here from the reliable sources from the far of forest site riverine area revealed that the residents of village Nonh Walro were transporting fooder in the boat for their cattle heads from the bank of River Indus when due to high-velocity winds and the extra burden it capsized. Soon local divers launched a rescue operation and managed to rescue 8 villagers; later they were joined by the divers of the Pakistan Navy who fished out the body of Benazir after the hectic efforts of around two hours however the search was on for the body of Mina.
The condition of 3 out of eight villagers who had been rescued was said to be critical and they were shifted to Civil Hospital Thatta, however, no official of district administration had arrived till the filing of this report. The locals told media men that during this season when strong winds below alongside the Indus river these incidents usually occur. They demanded setting up rescue centers to save precious lives.

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