Lucknow, September 14: At least 22 people died after a boat carrying 60 people capsized in river Yamuna in Baghpat on Thursday. Another 19 people were rescued and admitted to hospital.
Police and rescue teams have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway. District Magistrate Bhawani Singh said Police and PAC personnel have fished out 22 bodies so far while 12 others have been rescued. Eight people were referred to Meerut and 11 people were admitted to district hospital, he said.
One team of National Disaster Response Force has been mobilised to Katha vilage in Baghpat, the NDRF tweeted.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin of those who died in the tragedy.
Expressing condolences to victims’ families, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Sad to hear about Baghpat boat tragedy. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. Wishing quick recovery to those rescued.”
In another incident, six people died after drowning in river Ganga, in Bihar’s Maranchi district. The police is on the spot.