At least four people dead and several passengers went missing after a private boat capsized following a head-on collision with a ferry in the Brahmaputra river near Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district on Wednesday.
The collision occurred when the private boat 'Ma Kamala' was headed to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and the government-owned ferry 'Tripkai' was coming from Majuli. As many as 120 passengers were travelling in the boat when the incident happened.
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF are carrying out search and rescue operations. Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, who went to the accident site to take stock of the situation, is closely monitoring the ongoing rescue and relief operation. He said that departmental action will be taken against those found guilty.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his concern over the tragic accident. PM Modi said, "Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being."