Around 35-40 people are feared drowned after two boats, coming from different directions in Brahmaputra river, on Wednesday collided with each other near Nimati Ghat in Assam’s Jorhat district, according to NDRF Assistant Commandant 12 Battalion.
They rescued at least 35 people so far.
“A team of NDRF from the 12th Battalion stationed in Sibsagar is already on site while two more teams will reach the spot in another hour or so.
Two more NDRF teams stationed at Doimukh town in Arunachal Pradesh to prepare to help and aide the rescue operation,” the NDRF official said.
SP, Jorhat, Ankur Jain said: “Till now many rescued. Around 35 to 40 missing. There is difficulty in Strong water current reaching the accident spot.” Police said the rescue operation will continue past midnight.
One passenger died at Jorhat Medical College. Identification of the deceased is Paromita Das, a 38-year-old teacher.
- The state government ordered the departmental action with Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary to take steps against those found guilty.
- The minister is also on the way to the accident site to take stock of the situation. Also closely monitoring the ongoing rescue and relief operations. Secretary, Transport, Jadav Saikia will inquire the accident.
- Senior officials have also rushed to the spot as directed by the minister immediately after the accident .- Guwahati to coordinate the relief and rescue operations at the ghat.
- Three officials namely – Bikramaditya Choudhury, Executive Engineer, IWT, Dibrugarh Division, Mukut Gogoi, Assistant Executive Engineer, IWT, Jorhat Sub-Division. Ratul Tamuli, Junior Engineer, IWT, Jorhat Sub-Division — under suspension.
- Prime Minister Modi expressed grief over the incident and the passengers will recieve all possible rescue. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed anguish over the incident.
- Following the tragic incident, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed deep concern and directed the district administration of Majuli.
- Situation and asked Principal Secretary Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments round-the-clock.
Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being— Narendra Modi September 8, 2021
Anguished to learn about the tragic two boats accident in Assam. Have spoken to CM Shri @himantabiswa, the state administration is doing everything possible to rescue the people.
We are continuously monitoring the situation. Also assured full support from the central government.— Amit Shah September 8, 2021
I am pained at the tragic two 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.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 8, 2021
Sarma also informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah called to enquire about the accident and took an update on the rescue operations and conditions of those rescued from two boats so far. Shah also assured that the Centre is ready to lend all possible help, he said.
Adarniya HM Sri AmitShah @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.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 8, 2021
The Chief Minister will visit Majuli on Thursday to assess the situation.
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