On Monday, a boat with 200 people on board capsized in River Kolohi in Assam’s Kamrup district. More details on the reason behind the casualties are not known yet, also no reports are there yet on any passenger being saved. Carrying the passengers from Chaygaon to Champupara the engine of the boat to attend a boat race, unable to function in the middle of the river and hit against the post of a bridge, Vinod Kumar Seshan, Kamrup (Rural) Deputy Commissioner said.
The overcrowded boat overturned with the passengers falling into the river, that was in spate, according to him. The local residents have begun rescue operations and SDRF and NDRF personnel have rushed to the spot.
However, Seshan, said many may have swam to safety to the other bank of the river, as reports were yet to come in.
According to him, the exact number of passengers travelling in the boat was yet to be known and the local people have only said it was overcrowded but the number must be over 200.
Civil officials and Senior police have rushed to the spot and the hospital authorities nearby have been ordered to be alert.
A similar incident like this has happened in past and this ccident came as a reminder to the 2012 boat tragedy in the state’s Dhubri district where over 40 people, including children and women, were drowned.