Bihar: 6 feared drowned as boat capsizes in Ganga, 11 rescued

17 officials were present on the boat, rescue operations underway, says officials

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As many as six persons are feared drowned as a boat capsized near Barh in the Ganga River on Sunday. Rescue operations are underway, officials said.

"The mishap took place at around 9.15am near Umanath Ganga Ghat when the boat carrying 17 people, mostly belonging to a family, overturned midway. The boat overturned and sank in the middle of the Ganga River. While 11 people have been rescued so far and some of them managed to swim to safety and reach the shore of the river, six are still missing," Shubham Kumar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Barh) told reporters. The search operation is on to trace the six missing persons, he said.

On getting information, officials of the district administration and police personnel reached the spot and started rescue operations with the help of locals to trace the whereabouts of the missing occupants of the ill-fated boat, said the SDM.

"We are also engaging personnel of the state disaster relief force. We are trying to ascertain the identity of the missing persons," the SDM added.


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