In a tragic incident on Thursday, at least 22 people drowned and many others were missing after an overloaded boat capsized in the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat.
The boat was carrying 60 people, District Magistrate Bhawani Singh said.
The boat sank close to Katha village, 20 km from the district headquarters. Police and PAC personnel have fished out 22 bodies so far while 10 others have been rescued, he said. A search was on to trace others.
“The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the ill-fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it capsized,” the district magistrate was quoted by PTI.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident. In a tweet, he issued instructions that the kin of the deceased be given Rs 2 lakh as relief from the chief minister’s relief fund.
The chief minister also directed the district magistrate to immediately provide succour to the affected people, Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said. He said a probe has been ordered into the incident.
Elsewhere, at least six persons of a family including four minors today drowned in river Ganga at Maranchi village in Patna district, a top district official said.
Six members of the family had gone to take bath in the river when one or two persons slipped into deep waters. The others drowned in their efforts to save them, Patna District Magistrate, Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told PTI.
All the six bodies have been fished out of the river, the DM said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his grief over the incident and also talked to the grieving family members of the deceased persons over the phone.
The CM talked to the Patna district magistrate and gave him necessary directives and told him to make immediate payment of ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the victims.
The DM said that Rs 4 lakh would be paid to the next of kin of each of the deceased persons today itself.