2 Dead, 30 Missing After Boat Capsizes In Brahmaputra; Army Called In

By SM.05 Sep, 2018





GUWAHATI: Two people were killed and at least 30 were missing after a bhut-bhuti - a country-made boat fitted with an engine - carrying about 50 passengers capsized in Brahmaputra this afternoon.

The accident took place around 2 pm near the Aswaklanta temple ghat in Guwahati after the boat crashed with a concrete pillar.

Two bodies, including that of a girl, were found and at least 30 people were said to be missing. 10 persons were rescued. However, due to inclement weather rescue teams were facing difficulty.

The army was called in to assist the rescue operations which were being carried out by the state and National Disaster Response Force teams.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an enquiry into the incident. Additional Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah has been directed to investigate into the reasons responsible for the boat capsize and the factors triggering the mishap and submit report at the earliest.

The boat was carrying passengers to north Guwahati"s Madhyam Khanda from Fancy Bazaar in Guwahati city when the incident happened.

Only 22 passengers had valid tickets and the boat was overcrowded, with 18 motorcycles on it, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kumar Baishya, who was supervising the rescue operations at the site, was quoted by PTI as saying.

Mechanised boats like this carry thousands of passengers across the Brahmaputra. The river is in spate due to monsoon rains in the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh.