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Five die in Bihar boat capsize

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Patna, Jan 31 (IANS) Five persons were killed and five went missing when a boat capsized in Bihar’s Patna district on Wednesday, police said.

The accident took place near Mastana ghat in Fatuha when hundreds of people had gathered for a dip in the Ganga river on the occasion of Maghi Purnima.

A total of 15 people were on the boat when it capsized. Five people swam to safety.

"Five bodies were recovered by the villagers while another five are still missing," a police officer said.

A rescue operation was underway by the state disaster response force.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of the victims.

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