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Children among 17 missing in central Malawi boat tragedy

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Seventeen people, including three children, are missing after a boat they were using capsized in a river on Wednesday in central Malawi.

Police said the group of 22 people was crossing the Rusa River while heading to a funeral ceremony in Mchinji district.

Five people managed to swim ashore.

A local police commander, John Nkhoma, told Zodiak Online news website that the boat was small for that number of passengers.

More rescuers are on Thursday expected to start a search mission for the missing people.

Meanwhile, authorities in the district are advising community members to avoid sailing in flooded rivers.

Malawi is recovering from a devastating tropical storm last month that killed 511 people and left 533 others missing.

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