At least 20 dead,10 missing as boat capsizes in India

January 14, 2017 | By | Reply More

At least 20 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police said.

boat capsizes“We can confirm that 20 people have died. Rescue operations are on to find those still missing,” Manu Maharaj, senior police superintendent, told.

TV footage showed emergency workers searching for survivors underwater as anxious family members waited on the shore.

The victims were travelling to take part in the Hindu religious festival of Makar Sakranti near Patna, the capital of Bihar state.

Senior officials were camping near the site of the accident to oversee the search and rescue operations, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said.

State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered an inquiry into the accident and announced compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,900) for the families of the victims.

Boat accidents are common in the country, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance, lax regulations and a lack of life jackets and other safety equipment on ferries.

Some 20 people died after a ferry capsized in a rain-swollen river in India’s northeastern state of Assam in September 2015.

More than 100 people lost their lives in 2012 in Assam when a boat sank in the Brahmaputra river during a storm.

Press journalist for HROmedia – Saurav Nag reports.

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