NEW DELHI, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people, including five children, drowned Sunday in two separate incidents in India's eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
According to officials at Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA), nine people died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati river when a boat carrying them capsized in Samastipur district.
"At Vaishali, a group of people on picnic had gathered atop a mound formed by silt while taking bath near Mastana Ghat," a local official said. "First a child had fallen into the river and then others jumped into the water to rescue the drowning child and lost their own lives."
Following the incident, locals informed police and started searching.
"We have fished out nine bodies from the river so far," Monisa Dubey, spokesperson BSDMA told Xinhua from Patna. "The deceased include five children."
Meanwhile, three women drowned in the Baghmati river in Samastipur district when a small boat carrying over two dozen people capsized, officials said.
"The boat capsized, killing three people while remaining ones were rescued and some of them swim to safety on their own," Dubey said. "The people in the boat were going to work in fields and collect fodder for cattle."