A boat carrying several people on a boat capsized in the Virma river of Hamirpur. The unfortunate incident claimed the life of 3 people including 1 woman and 2 children. Three other people are reported missing. Further details of the incident are awaited. The accident happened a day after a boat, carrying 40 people capsized in Patna. The incident has already claimed 24 lives and the 8 rescued were taken to the hospital. According to the reports, the people on the boat were coming back from the annual kite flying festival which was organised by Bihar government on the occasion of Makar Sakranti.
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NDRF teams were rushed to the Ganga river where the incident had happened. Although the teams were able to rescue some people, the operations had to be stopped in the night. PM Modi, condoled the death of the victims and also announced compensation and ex-gratia for the next of kin of the deceased. Although, an FIR was lodged against the owner of the boat, early on Sunday morning. Politicians continued to point out finger at Bihar govt. Union Law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in his comments had said that Patna boat tragedy will expose the loopholes and will bring out the reason why the unfortuanate incident happen. An amateur video which emerged hours after the accident shows that the boat was carrying more people than the vessel’s capacity. The video shows how while some swam towards safety, some were pulled into the waters together with the sinking boat.