Indian ferry collision kills at least one

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Two passenger ferries have collided in a river in northeastern India, leaving at least one person dead and several others missing.

The head-on collision on Wednesday caused one of the boats to sink in the Brahmaputra river, said Ashok Barman, deputy commissioner of Jorhat city.

The crash occurred near Nimati Ghat, a river port in Jorhat, about 350 kilometres from Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Four rescued passengers were taken to a hospital, where one died, Barman said.

Sixty people had been rescued, according to Prankrishna Gogoi of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority. He said about 120 people were on board the two boats.

The cause of the collision was not immediately clear.

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