30 missing after crowded boat capsizes in Assam river

About 30 people were missing after a boat carrying about 200 people capsized in a river in Assam’s Kamrup district on Monday.
A tributary of the Brahmaputra, on Monday afternoon.

The engine of the boat carrying people on their way to a boat race went dead in the middle of the river and the vessel keeled over after hitting the pillar of a wooden bridge, Kamrup (rural) district deputy commissioner Vinod Kumar Seshan said.

Locals said many passengers jumped out and swam across to the river bank but many are suspected to have been trapped in the boat.

The district administration launched rescue operation with the help of National Disaster Rescue Force and State Disaster Rescue Force personnel. The police said adding none has been rescued so far. As night fell, the search operation was stopped to be resumed on Tuesday morning.