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Over 100 killed in boat mishap

The bodies of the victims were kept at the Dhubri civil hospital.


At least 103 people, including women and children, drowned and over100 went missing when a packed steamer sank in Brahmaputra river in Assam Monday.

The double-decked ferry carrying over 300 passengers capsized after being caught in a severe storm midstream at Dhubrighat around 4.20 pm.

National Disaster Relief Force head Alok Jha said the bodies of 103 victims, including women and children, were recovered near Jaleswar.

Deputy Commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita said about 25 people swam to safety.

The bodies of the victims were kept at the Dhubri civil hospital, he said, adding the fate of the remaining passengers was not immediately known.

The army, BSF, National Disaster Force and police have launched massive rescue operation but darkness, bad weather and strong current hampered search for possible survivors or the dead.

President Pratibha Patil expressed grief over the loss of life while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured the state government of all help for relief and fund for families of the deceased.

Singh spoke to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to convey his condolences.

Gogoi has ordered an inquiry and asked the district administration to look after the survivors.

In another boat capsize, 12 people were missing when a boat sank in the same river at Jaleswar, officials said.

The district administration has issued a red alert in view of the storm.

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