JORHAT/ GUWAHATI: Overnight search and rescue operations established contacts with 84 persons, who were traveling on the ill-fated boat that capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Assam, but two persons are still missing, officials said on Thursday morning.
One person was confirmed dead after a private boat heading to Majuli sank on Wednesday evening, following a head-on collision with a government-owned ferry near Nimati Ghat in the Jorhat district.
The wreckage of the boat, which was found overturned around 1.5 km downstream of the mighty Brahmaputra, was cut open from the base by NDRF and SDRF divers, but nobody was found inside it, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ashok Barman said.
So far, one person is confirmed dead and two persons are missing. We could do contact tracing of 84 persons to different villages in the Jorhat and Majuli districts. This adds up to the presence of 87 passengers on the boat, he added.
Jorhat's Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain said the two missing persons hail from Jorhat and Lakhimpur districts, and search operation is still going on with divers from the NDRF and SDRF with the backup of the Army.
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