A boat capsized in the Mahananda river in Katihar district of Bihar. Reports state that two people have died and 28 people have been rescued.
The District Magistrate, Kaushik Bhattacharya said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were present on the spot. The boat was carrying people from to Katihar in Bihar from Malda in West Bengal. The search and rescue operations are likely to have continued throughout the night.
There have been multiple instances of boat capsizing over the last few months and these instances have resulted in multiple deaths. In September, a boat carrying 11 crew members and 50 tourists capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. More than 34 people lost their lives in the incident. The Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for deceased's families, Rs 3 lakh for the injured and Rs 1 lakh for survivors. CM Reddy had also asked for a comprehensive probe on the situation.
In another incident in Bhopal in September, a boat capsized and 11 people lost their lives. The boat capsized during Ganpati Visarjan in Khatlapura Ghat. Disaster management authorities immediately rushed to the spot and later, a minister announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the relatives of those who lost their lives.
In a third incident in Tamil Nadu, a boat carrying 40 people capsized in Kollidam river near Melaramanallur. The passengers in the boat were returning from a temple function and the boat's engine developed a technical snag because of which it was not able to withstand the flow of water. Many of the passengers managed to swim to safety, while a lot of the others were grounded on a sand dune. Fearing for the lives of those who were stuck, villagers from nearby areas swam in order to rescue those who were stranded as it started getting darker.
In another incident near Mumbai, a boat named 'Revati', which was carrying seven people capsized when it was going from to Tarapur from Mumbai. Upon receiving a distress call from the boat, Indian Coast Guard ship Amartya reached the area for rescue operations.