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Bihar: Five killed as overloaded boat sinks off in Kamla river in Darbhanga

In a sudden turn of events, Five people, including three children and women, killed when a boat sinks off in Tilakeshwar OP area of ​​Darbhanga district on Wednesday evening, while six people including the sailor had narrowly escapes. District Magistrate Rajeev Roshan said that five bodies have been recovered with the help of local divers and sent for post-mortem. Further investigation is underway.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Kusheshwarsthan (Darbhanga): In yet another tragic incident, an overloaded boat carrying women and children, sinks off in Kamla river in Bihar’s Darbhanga district on Wednesday evening, in which five people including three children were killed. This boat capsizes due to overloading. The incident took place in the Gadhpura village in Tilkeshwar police station area, said officials as quoted by sources.

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According to the information, 13 people was in a private boat at the time of incident. Meanwhile, a strong storm came and the boat capsized. As soon as the information about the incident was received, the Block Development Officer of Kusheshwar Sthan East Block, Circle Officer along with the SDO of Biraul sub-division reached the spot, talked to the victim’s family and assured all possible help. The deceased have been identified as Jagtaran Devi (50), Phulpari Devi (45), Laxmi Kumari (12), Sonali Kumari (13) and Sonia Kumari (14).

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expresses grief to the deaths, and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the families of the deceased.

When local people heard about the incident, they rushed to the scene with boats to rescue the victims. However, by the time they arrived, the five people had already drowned.

The Block Development Officer of Kusheshwar Sthan East Block, Kishore Kumar, along with the Zonal Officer and the SDO of Birol subdivision, visited the scene and spoke to the victims’ families. They assured the families of all possible help.

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The bodies of the victims have been sent for postmortem. The families will be provided assistance as soon as possible. Further probe into the matter is underway.

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