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One Dead, Several Missing As Two Boats With Over 100 Passengers Collide In Brahmaputra

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa expressed deep concern over the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat

One Dead, Several Missing As Two Boats With Over 100 Passengers Collide In Brahmaputra
Two boats with over 100 passengers collide in Assam's Brahmaputra river.
One Dead, Several Missing As Two Boats With Over 100 Passengers Collide In Brahmaputra
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2021-09-08T22:01:41+05:30

At least one person died while several others were reported missing after a passenger boat capsized following a collision with another in the Brahmaputra at Nematighat in Jorhat district of eastern Assam on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased Parinita Das was a lecturer at a college in Majuli where she was headed. She was rescued and admitted at Jorhat Medical College Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Three others were also admitted at the hospital.

According to Jorhat SP,  35 persons were rescued while 27 were missing.

Teams of NDRF and SDRF were engaged in search and rescue operation.

According to Pranjal Saikia,  resident of Majuli, the ill-fated single-engine boat ' Ma Kamala' was preparing to leave for Majuli from Nematighat when the collision took place with the bigger double-engine 'Tipkai', which had just arrived from Majuli and was waiting for disembarkation of passengers.

"There are two ramps at Nematighat for outgoing and incoming ferries, but one is non-functional now. 'Ma Kamala' was waiting to leave at its scheduled time of 4 pm.  Once the 'Tipkai', which had left Kamalabari ghat in Majuli   at 1.30 pm., arrived the Ma Kamala was asked to vacate the ramp," Saikia said.

He said there was a strong current at Nematighat and the moment 'Ma Kamala' started it was pushed back towards the 'Tipkai' leading to the collision.

"As water started entering the boat, the passengers panicked and tried to get out leading to its capsize," he said.

There were about 20 two-wheelers on the boat besides passengers. The single-engine boats can carry up to around 130 passengers besides two-wheelers and cars.  

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed the Majuli and Jorhat district administrations to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with the help of NDRF and SDRF. 

He also directed minister Bimal Bora to immediately travel to the site of incident for taking stock of the situation.

The chief minister himself will visit the area on Wednesday.

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