Update: Patna boat capsize incident: Rs 4 lakh compensation each to be given to the kin of the deceased persons
Patna: At least 21 people are presumed dead due to drowning and many are missing after a boat carrying 40 people capsized near the banks of Ganga in Patna on Saturday, police said.
The incident took place around 6pm, when the boat was returning from a kite flying festival that was organised in an island in the middle of the river as part of Makar Sankranti celebration, rescue officials added.
Some of the passengers were able to swim to safety but many continue to be missing, the officials said. NDRF has been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are on in full swing. According to sources, it was a small boat which was overloaded with people.
The boat was about to reach the bank when it capsized. Rescue operations are on to trace the missing passengers.
Six of the eight people rescued were pulled out from the river by the National Disaster Response Force. Patna district magistrate Sanjay Agarwal and district police officials are camping at the site.
Reacting to the incident Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief and asked the officials to fasten the rescue operations.