Police: Wooden boat capsizes in Pakistan, killing at least 8 

In this file photo, Pakistani onlookers gather at the edge of the Indus River after a boat capsized in Haripur district on July 3, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 18 November 2019

Police: Wooden boat capsizes in Pakistan, killing at least 8 

  • The boat carrying 35 passengers sank in Satluj River near the town of Dibalpur
  • Wooden boats are often used in Pakistan to transport goods and people on rivers and lakes

MULTAN, Pakistan: Pakistani police say an overloaded, small wooden boat capsized in eastern Punjab province, killing eight passengers and leaving several others missing.
Local police chief Mohammad Imran says the boat tilted on its side, filled with water and sank on Monday in the Sutlej River near the town of Dibalpur.
He says most of the 35 passengers were on their way to a funeral when the accident happened. It wasn’t immediately known what caused it.
Imran says 10 passengers were saved and that a search for the missing is underway.
Such accidents are common in Pakistan, where wooden boats are often used to transport goods and people on rivers and lakes. Most operate without life jackets.
Dibalpur is about 250 kilometers, or 150 miles, south of Multan, the nearest big city.


De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

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De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

  • Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five
  • The second Test will be played in Karachi from December 19

RAWALPINDI: Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva completed his century on the fifth and final day against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the first Test in the country since 2009 shooting.
The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas to cover boundary for his 15th boundary to complete his sixth Test hundred in his 28th Test.
Sri Lanka, who had won the toss and batted, declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five as the rain-affected Test is set to end in a draw after almost three days of play were lost.
De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come at the score of 127-4 on Thursday. He hit 15 boundaries. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.
Any hopes of a result in Pakistan’s historic Test have been dashed by rain and bad light which ended the first day’s play after 68.1 overs.
Only 18.2 overs were possible on day two, 5.2 on the third and the fourth day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah who took 2-92 and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.
The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.