Several people are feared dead after a boat sunk in a river in Assam. According to officials, the incident happened after it collided with a ferry near Nimati Ghat in Jorhat.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he was “pained” at the tragic boat accident. Sarma directed Majuli and Jorhat administration to undertake rescue operation expeditiously.
“I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat. Directed Majuli & Jorhat admin to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with help of @NDRFHQ & SDRF. Advising Min @BimalBorahbjp to immediately rush to the accident site. I’ll also visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow,” the chief minister wrote on Twitter.
Sarma said Union Home Minister Amit Shah had called him to enquire about the accident and took an update on the rescue operations.
“Adarniya HM Sri @AmitShah had kindly called to enquire about the accident in Nimati Ghat and took an update on the rescue operations and conditions of those rescued so far. He said the Central Government is ready to lend all possible help. Grateful to him,” the CM said.
According to Jorhat Additional DC Damodar Barman, there were around 50 people in the boat, out of which 40 people have been rescued.