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Death toll rises to 9 after passenger ship overturns in China's Guizhou

Death toll rises to 9 after passenger ship overturns in China's Guizhou

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Rescuers work at the site where a passenger ship overturned in Zangke Township in the city of Liupanshui, southwest China's Guizhou Province. Photo by Xinhua/Ou Dongqu.
Rescuers work at the site where a passenger ship overturned in Zangke Township in the city of Liupanshui, southwest China's Guizhou Province. Photo by Xinhua/Ou Dongqu.

The death toll has risen to nine, after a passenger ship overturned in a river in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to local authorities, The Xinhua News Agency reported.

The accident happened in Zangke River in Zangke Township in the city of Liupanshui.

The ship, which had a capacity of 40 people, was overloaded when the accident happened. Authorities have yet to confirm the exact number of passengers who were on board.

40 people were rescued from the river, with 31 in non-life-threatening conditions, and nine died after being rescued. Six others are still missing. Most of the passengers were students.

A total of 17 rescue teams and 50 boats have been dispatched to join the search and rescue operation, and an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

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