Bihar boat tragedy toll rises to 36

As many as 36 people have died after a boat capsized in the Ganga river in Bihar`s Buxar district.

Buxar: Fourteen more bodies were fished out Monday from the river Ganga, taking the toll in the boat mishap to 36, even as a search was on to trace six other
missing persons.

Director General of Police Neelmani told in Patna
that a National Disaster Response Force team and local divers
fished out 14 more bodies from the river early this morning.

Twenty-five women and children were among those whose
bodies have been recovered so far, he said.

Intensive search continued with the help of local divers
and NDRF personnel for locating the remaining six missing
persons who were feared to have drowned.

An estimated 42 people were sailing in the boat from
adjoining Balia in UP to Dalupur in Bihar when it got caught
in a whirlpool and sank in Brahmapur police station area here.

Official sources said the dependants of each of the
deceased would be given a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh in
keeping with the rules framed by the state government.

The bodies would be handed over to relatives after
autopsy on the spot, sources said.

The district authorities have given Rs 10,000 to each of
the bereaved families.
The District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police are
camping on the spot to oversee rescue operations.

Bureau Report

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