Many feared dead after two boats carrying over 100 people collide in Brahmaputra river in Assam

Several people are feared dead after a ferry boat with more than 100 passengers on board collided with another boat and capsized in Brahmaputra river in Assam on Wednesday.

The incident took place near Neematighat in Jorhat district, as per reports.

While a few people managed to swim to safety, some passengers are still feared missing.

Rhe National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are carrying out rescue operation, to trace the missing passengers.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed pain over the tragic incident and said that he will visit Neematighat on Thursday.

“I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat. Directed Majuli & Jorhat admin to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with help of @NDRFHQ & SDRF. Advising Min @BimalBorahbjp to immediately rush to the accident site. I’ll also visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow,” he tweeted.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the Assam CM to enquire about the accident and took an update on rescue operations and on condition of those rescued. Shah said the Central government is “ready to lend all possible help”.

Union minister of Shipping, Ports and Waterways and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed anguish over the accident in Majuli.

He also spoke to the Chief Minister over phone who informed him about the ongoing rescue and relief operations.

The Union minister directed the officials of the ministry to provide all necessary support to help the affected people.

“Anguished to learn of the ferry accident in Majuli. I have talked with Assam CM Shri @himantabiswa regarding the accident and he has informed me of ongoing rescue and relief operations. I have directed @shipmin_indiato provide all necessary support to help the victims,” he said in a tweet.


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