Five Dead after Boat Capsizes in Ganga Near Fatuha

Rescue workers searching for survivors in Ganga near Fatuha on Wednesday.

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Patna: At least five persons including four women and a child were feared dead when a boat carrying them from Fatuha Ghat to the Diara area capsized in the midstream in the Ganges on Wednesday morning.

The incident took place around 11:00 am when members of one family from Gaya were going to the Diara region to take a dip in the Ganges on the occasion of Magh Purnima, an auspicious day among the Hindus.

As reported, the victims, all from Arunia village in Gaya district, were first planning to take a dip in the Ganges at Mastana Ghat in Fatuha but due to overall filthiness of the ghat, decided to take a boat instead and go to the Diara area where water is said to be much cleaner.

Divers and relief workers arrived at the scene of accident in a matter of minutes but were able to save only five others in the boat.

Disaster Relief Force jawans and divers were still searching for any survivor till late evening, Fatuha police station in-charge Naseem Ahmed said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after hearing about the tragedy, expressed his grief and announced Rs. 4 lakh for the each victim of the drowning.

Survivors were being treated at hospitals in Patna.


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