Thirty-five people, mainly school children, drown in river

KHARTOUM, Sudan - A boat capsized on the Nile River, drowning 35 people, mostly school children, the official Sudan News Agency said Thursday.

The children were crossing the Blue Nile, one of the river's branches, on Wednesday outside Sinja, a town in central Sudan 475 miles south of Khartoum, the agency said.

The boat was apparently overloaded with 30 bags of sweet potatoes and 10 bags of maize, the agency reported.

Rescue workers were still looking for bodies more than a day after the accident. The report did not say if there were any survivors.

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