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19 Dead After Boat Carrying 40 Capsizes In River Ganga In Bihar’s Patna, Many Still Missing

19 Dead After Boat Carrying 40 Capsizes In River Ganga In Bihar’s Patna, Many Still Missing

PATNA: Divers have recovered 19 bodies, including that of minors, after a boat ferrying 40 capsized in the Ganga river in Bihar’s Patna. 10 were rescued and the search for missing persons have been suspended till morning. Of those rescued, six people have been admitted in the Patna Medical College and Hospital. “The rescue operation has been stopped for the time being due to darkness. It will resume tomorrow morning,” Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal told reporters. People had gathered at Patna’s Ganga Diara to witness a three-day kite festival which is held every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The vessel, which had taken people for a free ride from the Ganga Ghat, was reportedly overcrowded and capsized at around 6 pm. In dramatic visuals shot by locals who gathered at the shore, rescuers could be seen diving to save the people. Locals are also seen approaching the spot on other boats to help. Mr Aggarwal said the boat capsized either due to overloading or mid-water collision with another country boat. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has Mr Aggarwal to look into the lapses that led to the incident. He has also ordered the district administration to provide compensation to the families of the dead. “PM expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by the boat tragedy in Bihar. He extended condolences to the bereaved families,” PM’s office said in a tweet. Further festivities in the Ganga Diara area have been called off.

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