Several feared dead as 2 boats collide in Brahmaputra in Assam

More than 50 persons are report missing as boat capsizes in Bramhaputra River of Assam after two passenger boats collided with each other in the Brahmaputra River in Assam’s Jorhat on Wednesday. Sources said nearly 200 passengers were onboard the boats when they crashed into each other at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, around 350 km from Guwahati, around 4 pm.

As per reports, about 100 people were onboard the two boats. One of the boats was coming from Majuli, a river island of the River when it crashed the other boat that was going in the opposite direction. The other boat somehow stayed floating and the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force personnel rescued all people on board, the police official said. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) officials have reportedly reached the spot and started rescue operations. Officials said about 30 two-wheelers onboard the capsized ferry went underwater. Boat ferries are the only mode of communication between river island Majuli and Jorhat district and the transport over the river is often hazardous and risky specially during the monsoon months (June to September) when the mighty Brahmaputra remains swollen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “all possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers.” PM Modi also called Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to enquire about the boat accident and all help from the centre in rescue operations.