19 drown as boat cap­sizes in UP; CM Yogi an­nounces ₹2 lakh re­lief

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BAGHPAT: At least 19 peo­ple drowned and a few oth­ers are miss­ing af­ter an over­loaded boat cap­sized in the Ya­muna river in this western Ut­tar Pradesh district on Thurs­day.

The boat was car­ry­ing 60 peo­ple, District Mag­is­trate Bhawani Singh said.

Ini­tial counts put the death toll at 22, but author­i­ties later re­vised it down by three.

“The toll stands at 19. This fig­ure has been ar­rived at on the ba­sis of phys­i­cal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. The fig­ure of 22 was based on an eye­wit­ness ac­count,” the district mag­is­trate clar­i­fied.

Fif­teen peo­ple have been res­cued and 20 oth­ers swam to the shore, of­fi­cials said.

Search for the miss­ing per­sons was on near vil­lage Katha, 20 km from the district head­quar­ters, where the boat sank, the district mag­is­trate said.

“The boat was fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers more than its ca­pac­ity.

Most of the pas­sen­gers of the were women. As soon as the boat reached mid­stream, it cap­sized,” Singh said.

The in­ci­dent trig­gered anger among lo­cal res­i­dents, who torched two ve­hi­cles, he said, adding that the sit­u­a­tion was tense but un­der con­trol.

Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath ex­pressed grief over the in­ci­dent.

In a tweet, he is­sued in­struc­tions that the kin of the de­ceased be given Rs 2 lakh each as re­lief from the chief min­is­ter’s re­lief fund.

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