Assam: Several missing, 40 people rescued as two boats collide in Brahmputra

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Updated: September 08, 2021 7:32 PM

The State Disaster Response Force team has already reached the spot and the rescue operation is underway.

The incident took place near Jorhat in Assam.

Several people are feared missing or dead after two boats with around 100 passengers onboard today collided in the Brahmaputra river in Assam. According to Jorhat Additional DC Damodar Barman, there were around 50 people in the boat which met with the accident, out of which 40 people have been rescued. One of the boats was coming from Majuli and was moving towards the Nimati Ghat in Jorhat. The incident took place near Jorhat. The State Disaster Response Force team is at the spot and the rescue operation is underway.

“Two boats carrying approximately 120 passengers collided in the Brahmaputra river in Jorhat today, many passengers missing; rescue operation underway,” said DG NDRF Satya N. Pradhan.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed the incident while saying that he will visit the site tomorrow.

“I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat. Directed Majuli & Jorhat admin to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with help of NDRF & SDRF. Advising Min Bimal Borah to immediately rush to the accident site. I’ll also visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow,” said Sarma.

Sarma also informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called him to enquire about the accident in Nimati Ghat and took an update on the rescue operations and conditions of those rescued so far. “He said the Central Government is ready to lend all possible help. Grateful to him,” said Sarma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the incident. “Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he said.

Assam minister Bimal Borah expressed grief over the incident and said that as advised by the CM, he is on his way to the site to take stock of the situation.

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