A pickup van carrying passengers fell in Indira canal in Nagram, Lucknow, on Thursday morning. Rescue operations were underway.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident and directed the SSP and the SDRF to make all possible efforts for search and rescue of the persons who have drowned.
22 people have been rescued. Seven children are still missing.
The speeding vehicle reportedly lost control. All the passengers were returning from a marriage function.
Inspector General range Lucknow S.K. Bhagat said that the strong flow of the canal was making rescue operations difficult. He said that efforts were being made to regulate the flow of the waters so that divers can continue the rescue operations, reported IANS.
He said that the districts downstream had been asked to put nets into the canal so that if the children had been swept away by the currents, they could be recovered.
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