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.
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.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS