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Toll from Indonesian boat sinking climbs to 19

Monday - 4/22/2013, 7:10am  ET

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An official says the death toll from a boat that capsized last week while crossing a river in central Indonesia has risen to 19.

The number of missing and dead has been revised several times, partially due to the lack of a boat manifest.

A disaster official in East Kalimantan province said Monday that three men and 16 women died in Wednesday's accident. Another four passengers may be missing.

The official, Tuaf Hakes, said in addition to the lack of a manifest, some survivors were double counted earlier due to different name spellings.

It's now believed that about 44 people were on board when the boat went down in the Mahakam River in Borneo.

Boat accidents are common in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation.


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