11 Dead After Boat Capsizes at Khatlapura Ghat

At least 11 bodies were recovered at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal after the boat carrying them capsized this morning. A search operation is underway. It was not immediately clear as to what caused the tragedy.  As per reports, there were a total of 19 people on the boat when the mishap happened. A search and rescue operation has been launched to look for the missing individuals.

 

Madhya Pradesh minister, PC Sharma, announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of the deceased. He added that an investigation will be held in the matter. “The incident is really unfortunate. A compensation of Rs 4 lakh has been announced for the families of the deceased by the District Collector. An investigation will be done,” Sharma said.

“Five people have been rescued out of 16 and we have recovered 11 bodies till now. A search operation is underway and we are trying to rescue other people as well. According to the locals, only these many people had drowned here, but we are still searching in case we find some other people,” said Akhil Patel, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP).

“This incident occurred at around 4:30 in the morning. At least 40 police personnel are present at the spot along with other authorities and professional swimmers. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) team is also present at the spot,” he added.

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