13 killed in boat capsizal in southern Pakistan

13 killed in boat capsizal in southern Pakistan”

He says the pilgrims were bound for a shrine located on the island when the overcrowded boat suddenly capsized. According to him, these boats ideally carry not more than 40 to 50 people.

According to initial reports, bodies of two women, two children and a man were brought to Sheikh Zayed Sakro Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Commissioner Hyderabad Division Saeed Magnejo said that the ongoing local rescue efforts are being supported by coordination between Navy and Army units in the area.

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.

About 15-20 people were rescued and admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state, Dawn news quoted Baig as saying.

The DC Thatta said that two boats with 60 people onboard struck to each other while going to Pir Pithu Mizaar due to strong winds.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Asif Ali Zardari expressed his grief on this sad incident and ordered responsible authorities to take action as soon as possible.

Bilawal also directed the Sindh government and administration to expedite the rescue and relief operation.

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