Death toll rises in the Assam Boat accident: 60 missing and 45 rescued.
The death toll has risen in the Majuli area of Jorhat, Assam, after a ship sank in a collision between two boats on the Brahmaputra River.
So far, the bodies of four people have been recovered, including a child. Among the dead is a university student. The death toll is expected to rise further.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his regret for the incident and secured all necessary help.
On Wednesday afternoon, a ship named ‘Ma Kamala’ with more than 100 passengers sank between two ships near Nimati Ghat on the Brahmaputra River.
Although some people were rescued in the incident, some 50 people are still missing.
The ship named “Ma Kamala” collided with a motorboat named Tipkai before starting its journey from Nimati Ghat and sank.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ashok Barman said 41 people had been rescued so far in the sinking.
“However, it is not possible to say at this time how many people died in the incident,” he said. Some people swam after the ship sank, but many are still missing.
They are known to have been swept away. As a result, Assam’s own chief minister, Himanta Bishwa Sharma, fears that the death toll in the accident could rise.
He said that he had instructed administrative officials in the area to expedite the rescue operation. NDRF and SDRF also participated in the rescue operation.
He will also visit the area on Thursday, said the prime minister of Assam. Trying to find out how many people are missing.
The prime minister tweeted that every effort was being made to rescue the passengers on the same day. He also wished everyone safety and well-being.
In addition to the prime minister, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah also called to inquire about the accident.
He also asked for all possible cooperation from the Center, Assam’s chief minister said.
The Brahmaputra water still flows above the danger level. As a precautionary measure, the ferry service was suspended for five days due to the rise in the river level.
The accident happened when the ferry started operating there again.
Meanwhile, many of those rescued after the accident were taken to Jorhat Medical College Hospital.
Parineeta Das, a student at Garamur University in Majuli, was also reported dead.