New Delhi, Aug 16: At least 22 students including a woman drowned on Wednesday morning when a boat sank on the Nile River in Sudan, state news agency SUNA reported. The accident took place at al-Buhaira area, the agency added. The boat was carrying more than 40 students on their way to school in the northern River Nile.Also Read - 45-Year-Old Woman Throws Colourful Divorce Party For Herself After Ending 17-Year-Old Marriage

The civil defence forces were sent to the area to search for the bodies of the victims, which have not been recovered. As per news agency Suna, the incident resulted from an engine malfunction. Reportedly, one of the boat engines broke down at the middle of the river.    Classes have been suspended in the capital until August 25 owing to heavy rains in Khartoum flooding streets and amid power outages. However, more details are awaited in the incident. Also Read - Declared Brain Dead, Gurgaon Woman Saves 3 Lives By Donating Her Kidneys & Liver

Sudan suffers monsoon rains which regularly last from June to November and cause the Nile and its tributaries to overflow. The Nile is an important transport route for people and goods in the African nation. Also Read - Calicut University Admission 2021: Students To Submit Anti-Dowry Declaration Letter For Admission to Various Colleges

One of the world’s longest rivers, the Nile is formed from two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile, which meet just north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. It is an important transport route for goods and people in much of northeastern Africa.

In a similar incident, 50 students drowned when their wooden barge overturned southeast of Khartoum in 2000. Another boat tragedy, in September 2014, saw 13 people drowned north of the capital.