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Antananarivo, Madagascar - At least five people are dead and seven remain missing after a passenger boat sank in western Madagascar earlier this week, police said on Saturday.
“We have recovered five bodies so far and identified seven missing among villagers living along the Betsiboka river,” said Ambato Boeni district police commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ramaroson.
No details were given about the cause of the accident.
Official logs show that the “Naina R3” was transporting 30 people to a local market, but the real number was likely to be around 50, Ramaroson said.
Police on Friday put the number of missing at at least 28.
Local media on Saturday said 26 people had survived the accident while around 30 were still unaccounted for. - Sapa-AFP