JORHAT- In a tragic collision between two ferries in Majuli, one has capsized in the Brahmaputra. The passenger ferry – Maa Kamala – was carrying around 120 passengers. The other was a cargo ferry. The incident took place near Nimatighat in Jorhat. One inbound from Majuli, another going towards it. Hundred reportedly drowned. Search and rescue underway. Reportedly, over 50 passengers are still missing.
- 41 passengers rescued so far, among them 7 are children. 40 to 60 still missing, says Assam State Disaster Management Authority official.
I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat.
Directed Majuli & Jorhat admin to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with help of @NDRFHQ & SDRF. Advising Min @BimalBorahbjp to immediately rush to the accident site. I'll also visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 8, 2021
- Rescue divers reach the spot. NDRF commences rescue operation. All personal vehicles being transported by the ferry have capsized in the Brahmaputra.
- CM Himanta Biswa Sarma directs Minister Bimal Bora to immediately travel to Majuli for taking stock of the situation. The CM to visit Majuli tomorrow.
This is a developing story, more details awaited