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Women die as boat capsizes in western India

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  • Two boats capsize in western India
  • Incident happened in a river at Maharashtra state's Bhandara district
  • Accident blamed on possible flooding in the river
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 13 women died and 18 were missing after two boats capsized in western India, police said Sunday.

They were returning home from the fields when their vessels overturned Saturday evening in a river at Maharashtra state's Bhandara district, said Chandrashekhar Bahadur, assistant police inspector.

The two boats were carrying 35 women, mostly farm laborers, he said. Four were able to swim ashore.

Rescuers have found 13 bodies so far and the search for others is on, said Bahadur. He said possible flooding in the river could have led to the capsizing.

"It rained heavily here on Saturday," he said.

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