Bihar: Boat capsize toll mounts to six
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 23:33
Araria: With the recovery of two more bodies, the death toll in the boat capsize in Bihar's Araria district today rose to six, as search continued for the remaining five missing persons.

Sub-divisional Officer Vinod Kumar said two bodies were fished out from the Panar river this morning, taking the toll to six, including a woman and two children.

Four persons got drowned and many went missing when the boat sank near Rampur ghat under Bairgachi police picket yesterday.

Divers were still looking for the missing persons, who were feared to have been drowned, Kumar said.

Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi in Patna expressed grief at the tragedy and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to bereaved families of each of the deceased. He said the state government would soon announce a policy for regulating boats ferrying passengers to try to stop boat tragedies.


First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 23:33

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