A tragic incident unfolded in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district as a boat carrying approximately 30 children capsized in the Bagmati River. In the aftermath, search and rescue teams from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have discovered three bodies so far, but eight children are still reported missing with slim chances of survival. Among the victims, one was a 40-year-old man who initially rescued some children but tragically drowned later, while another was a 4-year-old boy.
The ill-fated boat was transporting children and parents to Bhattgama Ghat on the opposite bank when it capsized in the river, leading to the heartbreaking incident. The river’s swift current at the time of the accident has added to the challenges faced during the rescue operation. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident, with the state government announcing Rs 4 lakh in ex-gratia compensation for the families of the deceased. The investigation is ongoing, led by Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Pranav Kumar.