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Assam: Boat carrying 100 passengers capsizes, 30 missing, 1 dead

On Wednesday, two boats collide in the Brahmaputra, with 100 passengers on board, several went missing and one was found dead.

The boats crashed into each other at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, around 350 km from Guwahati.  One of the boats was coming from Majuli to Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, Assam.  It has been reported that a woman died and around 30 people are missing after the two passenger boats collided with each other in the Brahmaputra River in Assam’s Jorhat on Wednesday at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, around 350 km from Guwahati, around 4 pm.

One of the boats, a government passenger ferry of the Inland Water Transport department, was coming from Majuli (a river island district in Assam) to Nimati Ghat with around 120 passengers on board while the other boat was going in the opposite direction.

Videos surfaced showing the accident of how the boat capsized after the collision, as some passengers tried to hold on to it while others jumped into the water to save themselves. The passengers’ luggage along with motorbikes and cars on the boats also washed away in the river.

Soon after the accident, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma instructed the district administration of Majuli and Jorhat districts to undertake the rescue mission expeditiously with the help of the NDRF and SDRF.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force officials arrived at the site and launched rescue operations. Around 42 people, including a baby, have been rescued till now from which many have been sent to hospitals.  A woman who was rescued and sent to a hospital for treatment has died, government sources said late in the evening.

The state government has suspended three officials of inland water transport department after the accident.

He said Home Minister Amit Shah has promised all possible help. “HM Sri Amit Shah had kindly called to enquire about the accident in Nimati Ghat and took an update on the rescue operations and conditions of those rescued so far. He said the Central Government is ready to lend all possible help. Grateful to him,” he tweeted.

The Prime Minister 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.

“I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat,” the chief minister of Assam wrote. He directed state minister Bimal Bora to immediately travel to Majuli and take stock of the situation and asked the principal secretary to the chief minister Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments.

The chief minister said he will visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow to evaluate the situation.

Union Minister and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who represents Majuli in the state assembly, said he has directed the ministry of ports, shipping, and waterways to provide all necessary support.

“Anguished to learn of the ferry accident in Majuli. I have talked with Assam CM Himanta Biswa regarding the accident and he has informed me of ongoing rescue and relief operations. I have directed @shipmin_india to provide all necessary support to help the victims,” he wrote on Twitter.

The army is also on stand-by to provide help with rescue operations.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended condolences to the families of the victims of the accident and wrote on Facebook, “The news of the capsizing of a 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.”

President Ram Nath Kovind said he was deeply pained to hear about the loss of lives in a boat accident in Assam’s Jorhat district. “My thoughts go out to the victims, survivors, and their families. Rescue and relief efforts are on to save as many lives as possible,” he said.

Assam has issued emergency numbers following the accident.

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