Death Toll Rises to 56 in Bihar Boat Capsize

The death toll in the boat capsize in Bihar’s Khagaria has soared up to 56 with 35 more bodies being recovered on Wednesday as the National Disaster Response Force personnel continue search to locate nearly 20 more missing persons.

“We recovered 35 more bloated bodies from the river taking the toll in the capsize to 56,” Block Development Officer (Alauli) Satish Chandra Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI.

It may be mentioned that 21 bodies, mostly of minors and women, were recovered from a country boat ferrying nearly 100 passengers which drowned in Bagmati river near Fultora ghat of Khagaria district on Monday evening.

The passengers were returning to their villages after attending a fair on Vijaya Dashami.

The bodies were recovered by the NDRF personnel, he said, adding local divers were still on the job. Some 25 passengers had swam to safety.

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