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Women missing after boat capsizes

Patna/Buxar, Jan. 28: Twelve women have gone missing after a country boat carrying them capsized midstream in Ganga near Chausa Ghat in Buxar, around 175km west of Patna, today evening.

However, locals rescued nine of them. Two others swam to safety.

Reports said the incident occurred when 23 persons, mostly women, were returning to their native village Ujiyarpur after finishing their work on agriculture land on the other side of the river. The boat carrying more than its capacity, however, lost control and capsized before it was about to reach the Chausa Ghat.

Buxar district magistrate Raman Kumar said the victims were farm labourers and belonged to Chausa panchayat.

A joint team of the national disaster response force and the local divers has been pressed into service to fish out the bodies of the missing persons. So far, the body of none of the missing persons has been recovered, he told The Telegraph over phone from Buxar.

He said the incident occurred around 4.30pm when the victims were returning home after finishing their days work. The boat was overloaded and subsequently capsized in the river, he said, adding that nine persons have safely been rescued. Two others reached the other side of the river safely.

Earlier, 37 women had died in a similar incident under the jurisdiction of Brhamapur police station of the district. The district administration had issued instructions for registration of the country boats and asked the boatmen to adhere to the guidelines strictly. However, the instructions were thrown to the winds and boats were allowed to carry people more than their capacity.

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