At least five persons reportedly died after a boat carrying thirty persons capsized in river Ganga in Patna's Fatuha. A rescue operation was in full swing and the casualties are expected to rise as many have gone missing in the accident.
Five others -- two men and three women-- could be rescued. The boat was carrying members of the family based in Gaya district, who had come here to take a holy dip on the occasion of Magh Purnima, SHO Naseem Ahmed told PTI.
The incident took place at around 10 am in Fatuha police station area. Efforts were on to trace the missing persons, the SHO said.
Police have reached at the spot and trying to save people. Locals are also helping authorities.
Bihar has been dogged by a string of boat capsizing incidents in 2017. The gravest of them all took place on January 14 when 24 Makar Sankranti revellers died after a private boat carrying them capsized on the banks of the Ganga near Law College ghat in Patna.
In November, A boat carrying 30 people capsized in Samastipur district's Bagmati river, leaving six peaople dead.
Meanwhile, Bihar govt announces Rs 4 lakh compensation to the families of those who died in the boat capsize incident.