10 children killed in Cambodia boat accident

10 children killed in Cambodia boat accident

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At least 10 children were killed, and one more was missing in Cambodia after a boat ferrying them home from an English class sank in the Mekong river, police said on Friday.

The small boat was overloaded and sank about 50 metres (160 feet) from its destination in southeastern Kandal province late Thursday, local police chief, Am Thou, told AFP.

“It’s a sad accident,” Thou said.

He added that the victims were aged between 12 and 15, while two adult boat operators and two students were rescued.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his condolences and urged people to be cautious during heavy floods that have raised the level of the Mekong.

Boat accidents are common in the Southeast Asian nation, with people who live along the river reliant on the vessels for transport.

In 2009, an overloaded river ferry capsized in northeastern Cambodia, killing at least 17 passengers.


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