One dead, several missing after boat capsizes in Assam following collision

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At least one person has died and many were reported missing after a boat capsized in Assam following a collision with a ferry in Jorhat, Assam. The state chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said that 42 people had been evacuated, while at least four people were still missing.

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“Two boats collided, one of them capsized. As of now, it’s difficult to ascertain number of people on it. However, 42 people rescued so far. One woman died. So far, 4 people have been reported missing but the entire report will come in 2-3 hours,” Sarma was quoted by news agency ANI.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The news of the capsizing of ferry boat in Assam is tragic. As we await further details, I extend condolences to the family of the victims. Let’s hope the rescue operation manages to save lives in the next few hours. I appeal to local Congress teams to help in every way possible.”

A report by Indian Express said that the collision occurred when the boat, identified as Ma Kamala hit the government-owned ferry Tripkai. In the video, panic-stricken passengers including women could be seen jumping into the river in a desperate bid to save themselves.