Bihar: Boat capsize toll mounts to six

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.

PTI



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

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