Guwahati: Two people drowned while 11 others were rescued after a boat carrying 36 passengers capsized in Brahmaputra river in north Guwahati on Tuesday, reported news agency PTI. Also Read - UK's Chief Nurse Makes Emotional Speech Asking People to Stay Inside For Aimee And Areema, Nurses Who Died From Coronavirus
However, news agency ANI said that the boat was carrying 45 passengers. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim
Twelve people swam to safety, and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) and NDRF personnel have recovered one body so far, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kumar Baishya said, adding that rescue operations were underway. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cinema Halls in Jammu to be Closed Till March 31, Total Positive Cases Rise to 60 Across India
The incident occurred when the engine of the boat developed a snag and hit a rock near the bank of the Ashwaklanta Temple around 2 pm, he said.
Only 22 passengers had valid tickets and the boat was overcrowded, with 18 motorcycles on it, Baishya, who was supervising the rescue operations at the site, said.
According to eyewitnesses, there were several women and children among the passengers.