9 Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes In Punpun River


Aurangabad: At least 9 persons were feared dead after a boat in which they were returning to their village capsized in Punpun river in Aurangabad district of Bihar.

Some of the people on the boat were coming back home after purchasing basic items of necessity from nearby Khundwa market on the other side of the river when the boat capsized in swollen Punpun river. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when 18 persons belonging to Kalen village under Obra assembly constituency were aboard a boat and returning to their village. There were few school children also on the boat who were returning home after school.

In the last few days the rivers in Bihar are flowing in its full fury with water level in rivers like Ganga, Sone and Punpun wreacking havoc in at least 12 district of Bihar which are flood hit.

As the information regarding boat capsizing in Punpun river reached district headquarters, SDRF teams were rushed in for rescuing the persons. As the rescue operation began, the SDRF team managed to save 9 person. The rescue team also managed to fish out a body of a woman. Remaining 8 persons are still missing and feared to have met a watery grave.

The persons who were rescued said that the boat in which they were returning was about to crash against a thorny tree. In order to save themselves, people on the boat came on one side of the boat leading it to overturn.

“Rescue operation is going on. We have managed to save 9 persons and searches are going on to find remaining persons who are missing”, said Kanwal Tanuj, DM Aurangabad.

Search operation which was suspended after sunset on Tuesday has again resumed on Wednesday morning. However, chances of remaining people surviving  apoeara bleak.

At least 20 lives have been lost in Bihar floods till date and flood situation doesn’t seem to be improving as water level in the river are flowing above danger level. More than 22 lakh people have been displaced in these floods.