• #Baghpat Boat Capsized

    22 dead as boat capsizes in Yamuna river, CM Yogi announces compensation

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:30 IST

    Villagers told the police the boat was overcrowded, which could be one reason for the tragedy.

    22 dead as boat capsizes in Yamuna river, CM Yogi announces compensation
    The police fear number of casualties might rise

    At least 22 people were killed and many feared drowned after a boat, carrying nearly 60 people, capsized on Thursday in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat.

    Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary divers reached the accident spot and rescue operations are underway. According to reports, the overcrowded boat was headed for Haryana when the incident occurred. The boat sank close to Katha village, 20 km from the district headquarters.

    Most of the passengers of the ill-fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it capsized," District Magistrate Bhawani Singh.

    So far, 22 bodies have been fished out. There is no trace of over a dozen others who were in the boat.

    The police fear number of casualties might rise. A few people have been rescued and admitted to a nearby medical facility.

    Villagers told the police the boat was overcrowded, which could be one reason for the tragedy.

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