21 killed as boat capsizes in Pakistan

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The boat, reportedly carrying more than sixty in total, was ferrying passengers to visit a popular Sufi shrine when it overturned owing to heavy winds near the coastal belt along Thatta district in southern Sindh. They are believed to be members of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

The DC Thatta said the accident took place as the overloaded boat lost balance and tipped over in a creek 30 kilometers away from Bohara.

The dead and injured, which also include women and children, were shifted to Taluka hospital Mirpur Sakro.

Pilgrims including women and children were on their way to attend the annual Urs at the shrine of Pir Pathai.

Over 40 survivors have been rescued and at least 18 bodies recovered after a boat capsized in the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi, police and local media reported Thursday. He said there were almost 100 passengers on board at the time.

The death toll in a boat capsize off the coast of Pakistan's Thatta district has increased to 21 with several others still reported missing, police said on Friday.

Hyderabad Division Commissioner Dr Saeed Magnejo said that ongoing local rescue efforts were being supported by coordination with military units in the area.

Divers, medical personnel, and rescue staff are part of the Navy's rescue team.