Seven children missing after vehicle falls into canal in India


At least seven children have gone missing after a vehicle carrying 29 people fell into a canal on Thursday in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The accident took place in the morning in Nagram area on the outskirts of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.

“Early this morning a vehicle carrying 29 people fell into Indira canal,” a senior police official said. “The passengers in the vehicle were returning from a wedding when the driver lost control of the vehicle before it plunged into the canal.”

According to the police, 22 people were rescued from the canal and search for the missing ones was underway.

“So far 22 people mostly adults were rescued alive but as per information, seven children aged between four and nine years are still missing,” the official said.

“A team of national disaster response force has been deployed for rescue operations and divers are searching inside the canal.”

Rescuers fear that the children might have died inside the canal, adding that the strong flow of water in the canal is hampering the efforts.

“It has been several hours and there is no trace of the children, there is a possibility they might have died,” the police official said.

“We have directed the official in districts downstream to put nets into the canal so that if the children had been swept away by the currents, they could be recovered.”

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