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4:26pm 14/10/2022
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Eight children dead in Cambodia after boat sinks
By:AFP
The small boat was overloaded and sank about 50 m from its destination in southeastern Kandal province.

PHNOM PENH: At least eight children were killed and three others were missing in Cambodia after a boat that was ferrying them home from an English class sank in the Mekong river, police said Friday.

The small boat was overloaded and sank about 50 meters from its destination in southeastern Kandal province after it began taking on water late Thursday, local police chief Am Thou told AFP.

“It’s a sad accident. Eight students died and three students remain missing in the water,” Am Thou said.

The victims were aged between 12 and 15, while two adult boat operators and two students were rescued, he added.

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 them for transport.

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

The authorities are continuing to search for the students who remain missing.

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