Several killed in boat collision in Peru’s Amazon

Government says 11 people died and six were injured after two boats collided in the Huallaga River in Peru.

The passenger boat was returning to the city of Yurimaguas in Peru [File: Guadalupe Pardo/Pool via AP]

A collision of two river boats in the Amazon in Peru has left at least 11 passengers dead and others missing, according to a government statement.

The accident took place at 05:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on the Huallaga River, in Muyuna on Sunday, when a boat full of passengers crashed into a freight barge amid dense mist at dawn, according to state channel TV Peru.

The crash caused the wooden passenger boat, the Ayachi, to capsize.

“So far there is an undetermined number of missing persons, as well as 11 dead and six injured,” the National Institute of Civil Defense said in a statement.

Firefighters, policemen and sailors are in charge of the search for those who disappeared.

Local television footage showed survivors crying on the riverbank as authorities carried some bodies away.

Entire families were travelling in the damaged boat, including about 20 children, according to the survivors.

The passengers belonged to a religious community that was returning to the city of Yurimaguas after participating in a vigil in a secluded hamlet in the jungle known as Santa Maria.

Source: News Agencies

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