Bhopal: At least 11 bodies were recovered at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal after the boat carrying them capsized Friday morning during Ganpati Visarjan, news agency ANI reported.

A search operation is underway. It was not immediately clear as to what caused the tragedy.

As per reports, there were a total of 19 people on the boat when the mishap happened. A search and rescue operation has been launched to look for the missing individuals.

Madhya Pradesh minister, PC Sharma, announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of the deceased. He added that an investigation will be held in the matter.

“The incident is really unfortunate. A compensation of Rs 4 lakh has been announced for the families of the deceased by the District Collector. An investigation will be done,” Sharma said.

Later, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath directed officials to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident while stating that he has ordered the compensation to be increased from 4 lakh to 11 lakh.

“We have decided to increase the compensation for families of deceased to Rs 11 lakh. Orders for magisterial inquiry have been given,” Kamal Nath said.