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Patna Boat Tragedy: Death Toll Rises to 24; Search Ops Continue

The rescue operation in the Patna boat tragedy – which killed at least 21 people and left several other missing - resumed on Sunday.

Updated:January 15, 2017, 12:50 PM IST

Patna: The rescue operation in the Patna boat tragedy – which killed at least 24 people and left many missing - resumed on Sunday.

Around 50 people were said to be onboard the ill fated boat.

"FIR lodged against boat operator in Sonpur Police Station. The operation was halted last night due to poor visibility but it was resumed in the morning. The death toll might increase," DIG Shaleen told CNN-News 18.

"It is a very sad incident and we are working effectively to bring the situation under control," he added.

DG NDRF, RK Pachnanda, said, "More than 21 bodies have been recovered so far, search and rescue operations underway. Three NDRF teams are at the spot."

Also Read: Patna Boat Accident: At least 21 Drown, Several Missing; Nitish Orders Probe

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 (near Sambalpur diara) as part of Makar Sankranti celebration.

Multiple rescue teams of NDRF, SDRF, and police officials cordoned off the area and the divers have been pressed in to action to fish out more bodies. Preliminary inquiry revealed that the boat appeared was over crowded.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief and asked the officials to fasten the rescue operations. He has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of each person who have lost their live in the incident.

The incident happened due to poor management by the state government, said Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Bihar Boat Tragedy.

Meanwhile, PM Modi has announced ex-gratia from PMNRF of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of those deceased and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the boat tragedy.

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