As a ferry boat carrying 100 passengers overturned after colliding with another boat in the Brahmaputra river in Assam today, a large rescue operation including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was begun.
After colliding with a ferry near Nimati Ghat in Assam's Jorhat district today, a huge boat sank in the Brahmaputra river. The incident took place when one of the private boat named 'Ma Kamala' was heading to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and by the time government-owned ferry 'Tripkai' arrived from Majuli, and they collided.
Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the tragedy occurred about 100 metres from the Nimatighat bank in Jorhat, Assam. One woman died, and 40 individuals are still missing. Army personnel had joined the operations on Thursday with some automated machinery, according to Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ashok Barman. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Sivasagar are carrying out the rescue operations.
PM Narendra Modi has conveyed his sorrow for the Assam boat catastrophe and tweeted “Saddened by the boat accident in Assam 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,"
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 8, 2021