Assam Boat Accident: One dead, several missing
Assam, Sept. 9 | Assam boat accident: In a tragic incident, one woman lost her life and several people are feared missing after two boats collided with each other on the Brahmaputra river in Assam. According to the reports, nearly 120 passengers were on board the boats when the incident took place at Nimati Ghat in the Jorhat district.
It is learnt that the incident took place when the private boat ‘Ma Kamala’ was moving towards Majuli from Nimati Ghat and ferry ‘Tripaki’ collided with each other.
The accident occurred when the private boat ‘Ma Kamala’ was headed to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and ferry ‘Tripkai’, operated by the state’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) Department, was coming from the riverine island.
“The boat capsized and sank,” an official of the IWT Department said.
The 28-year-old teacher passed away in hospital after she was rescued from the river, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) Chief Executive Officer Gyanendra Tripathi said.
Meanwhile, three senior officials of IWT Department have been suspended on the charge of negligence of duty in connection with the accident.
The names of the suspended officers include Bikramaditya Choudhury, in-charge Executive Engineer, IWT, Dibrugarh Division; Mukut Gogoi, in-charge Assistant Executive Engineer, IWT, Jorhat Sub-Division and Ratul Tamuli, Junior Engineer, IWT, Jorhat Sub-Division.
Assam Boat Accident
Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took an update on the rescue operation and condition of those rescued so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “saddened by the boat accident”, adding that “all possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers”.
Water levels for the Brahmaputra — a mighty transborder Himalayan river system — have been elevated in recent weeks due to the annual monsoon deluge.
The boat capsized and rescue operations are undergoing.
Police filed a case and an investigation is underway.