A boat carrying 45 passengers capsized in the flooded Brahmaputra River in North Guwahati on Wednesday, leaving 3 people dead, Time8 reported. The deceased have been identified as Dimpi Das and Ankita Baruah, students of Cotton University. The third deceased’s body hasn’t been traced yet. The rescue operation is underway as teams of Assam Police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been rushed to the spot, according to initial reports. However, some media reports have claimed that around 15 passengers have been rescued so far.
The boat, which was on it’s way from Fancy Bazar to North Guwahati, collided with a water supply project near the Aswaklanta temple ghat at around 2.30 pm after its engine malfunctioned, reports said. Besides passengers, the vessel was also carrying some motorcycles.
Assam Chief Minister took to Twitter and said that he is extremely saddened to learn about the unfortunate capsizing of a passenger boat in the Brahmaputra near Guwahati. My heart goes out to the families of those affected, he added.
According to reports, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered a probe into the accident. Additional Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah will head the high-level inquiry committee that will investigate the functioning of the private boats and the scrutiny process of their safety norms.
HELPLINE NUMBERS: The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has made operational two helpline number — 0361-2733052 for Kamrup Metro and 0361-2684407 for Kamrup — for information regarding the victims.
According to local media reports, state’s Urban Development Minister Pijush Hazarika reached the accident spot along with the district administration to take stock of the situation.