Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the boat accident near Nimati Ghat in Assam’s Jorhat district on Wednesday.
A machine boat with more than 100 passengers on board capsized in the river Brahmaputra near Nimati Ghat on Wednesday.
The boat was supposed to travel towards Kamalabari Ghat in the Majuli district.
The mishap took place at around 4 pm when the boat, named Maa Kamala, collided with a ship, named Tipkai in the mighty Brahmaputra.
Prime Minister Modi on his Twitter handle said all possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers.
He prayed for the safety and well-being of the passengers.
“Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” PM Modi tweeted.
Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 8, 2021
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked minister Bimal Bora to rush to the accident site and said he would visit Nimati Ghat on Thursday.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Shipping & Ports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to enquire about the incident.
Informing about Shah’s call, chief minister Sarma tweeted: “Adarniya HM Sri @AmitShah had kindly called to enquire about the accident in Nimati Ghat and took an update on the rescue operations and conditions of those rescued so far.”
“He said the Central Government is ready to lend all possible help. Grateful to him,” Sarma tweeted.
Union minister Sonowal said he is “anguished” to learn about the ferry accident.
Sonowal tweeted: “Anguished to learn of the ferry accident in Majuli. I have talked with Assam CM [email protected] regarding the accident and he has informed me of ongoing rescue and relief operations.”