9 people (including 6 children) lost their lives as a boat capsized in Nipania Ghat of Mahanadi mouth of Kendrapada. Around 50 persons of a village of Jagatsingpur had reportedly gone to Bhitarkanika of Kendrapada district on January 2. While they were returning, their boat capsized. The rescue operation is still on to locate one that has been missing. The passengers, all from Ratanpur village of Kujang Tehsil in Bhutamundai of Jagatsinghpur district, had gone on a picnic.