Several people are reported to be missing after two ferries collided in the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Jorhat on Wednesday.
As per reports, one ferry was carrying over 100 passengers, including children. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have begun rescue operations.
According to reports, one boat was coming from Majuli, a river island, to Nimatighat while the other ferry was going in the opposite direction. The incident occurred around 4:30 pm.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa has confirmed the tragic accident and said that he will be visiting Nimati Ghat on Thursday. The Cm also directed Minister Bimal Bira to rush to the incident site and take stock of the situation.
“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,” he tweeted.
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
Union Minister for shipping, port, and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal has expressed anguish over the ferry accident. He also spoke to CM Biswa Sarma and took stock of the rescue operations.
“Anguished to learn of the ferry accident in Majuli. I have talked with Assam CM Shri @himantabiswa regarding the accident and he has informed me of ongoing rescue and relief operations. I have directed @shipmin_india to provide all necessary support to help the victims,” Sonowal tweeted.