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25 in Indonesia, including 6 children, dead in 2 boat sinkings

Published on Jul 31, 2014 3:37 PM
Indonesian Muslim devotees arrive on a boat to attend the morning prayer to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival at the historic Sunda Kelapa port district of Jakarta on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, after the sighting of the new crescent moon. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - At least 25 people in Indonesia, including six children, have died and 13 are missing in two separate boat sinkings, officials said on Thursday, as millions travel across the country for the Eid holiday season.

The week of Eid, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is the busiest travel period of the year in the world's most-populous Muslim country, when most people abandon big cities and return to their hometowns to celebrate with family.

A boat carrying 48 people sank on a river on the island of Sumatra late on Wednesday after experiencing engine trouble, leaving six children and one adult dead, a local police said. He added that police were scouring the river to find 13 still missing.

A ferry carrying 70 people on a river in the Indonesian part of Borneo island sank on Tuesday, with the final death toll put at 18. The rest survived.

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