22 dead after boat capsizes in river Yamuna, UP CM announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

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At least 22 people died after a boat carrying 60 people capsized in river Yamuna in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. Twelve people have been rescued and admitted to hospital.

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The boat was supposed to carry only 10-15, but due to the number of passengers being boarded, the boat turned turtle in the middle of the river.

At present, the villagers are helping police in rescue operations. The SDRF team has also left from Meerut to the spot.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin of those dead in the incident.

District Magistrate Bhawani Singh said Police and PAC personnel have fished out 22 bodies so far.

"The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the ill-fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it capsized," the district magistrate said.

Eight people have been referred to Meerut hospital and 11 others admitted to the district hospital, said Singh.

As per News18, the number of ambulances available is also very less. People are being transported to the hospital in only two ambulances.

(With agency inputs)

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