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22 Sudanese school children drown in the Nile on their way to school

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Twenty-two children have drowned Wednesday, in the northern Nile River state in Sudan as they were heading to their primary school via boat in the area of Kabna.

Their boat engine broke down due to the strong currents.

A woman working as a statistics employee at the local hospital in Kabna also drowned with the school children.

According to the state-run Sudanese News Agency SUNA, the boat was transporting more than 40 school children.

The Sudanese authorities have so far failed to retrieve the bodies of the children who perished in the Nile, while search continues.