Death Toll In India Boat Capsize Rises To 19

Last update: 14/09/2017

NEW DELHI, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- The death toll in Thursday's boat capsize tragedy in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has risen to 19 as rescue workers continue searching for the missing, China's Xinhua news agency reported police as saying.

The boat capsized in River Yaumna in Bagpat district on the outskirts of New Delhi.

"So far we have managed to fish out 19 bodies from the river," a police official posted at superintendent of police office in Bagpat told Xinhua. "Twelve persons rescued alive are undergoing treatment in local hospitals."

According to the officials, the boat was carrying around 60 people when it capsized.

The official said following the incident, police and disaster management officials were rushed to the scene to carry out rescue work.

According to eyewitnesses, some people had managed to swim safely to the river bank.

Police said the deaths triggered anger among the villagers, who have blocked traffic on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway and vandalised some vehicles.

Authorities said they have ordered an investigation into the accident.

Villagers told media the victims were daily wage labourers on their way to neighbouring Haryana state looking for work.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the tragedy and announced a compensation of US$3,121 to each family that has lost their loved ones in the accident.

In April this year, 13 people drowned after a boat capsized in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.