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19 drown in Uttar Pradesh: Here are some of India’s worst boat accidents

At least 19 people drowned in Yamuna river as their boat capsized while going to Haryana from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2017 16:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Rescuers search in the Yamuna River as villagers gather after a country boat capsized near Baghpat town in Uttar Pradesh.(AP Photo)

At least 19 people drowned in Yamuna river as their boat capsized while going to Haryana from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning. The death toll is expected to rise.

About 50 people were on the boat, which had a capacity of jut 35. Ten people swam to safety while about 31 passengers are missing.

Boat accidents aren’t uncommon in India. Here’s a list of some of the worst boats accidents:  

January 14, 2017: At least 23 people were killed and seven others injured when a boat carrying around 40 people back from a kite festival organised by the state government, capsized in the Ganga river, opposite the NIT Ghat in Patna.

August 14, 2016: Five Indian fishermen died and 20 are still reported missing after their boats, which had drifted away into Bangladeshi waters during a cyclonic storm, capsized in the rough seas.

May 14, 2016: An overloaded boat capsized, minutes after it set sail from Kalna in Burdwan district and was heading for Shantipur in Nadia. Nineteen bodies were recovered from the Bhagirathi river by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel till 10am on May 16.

September 28, 2015: More than 50 people were feared dead after an over-packed machine boat carrying about 250 to 300 people capsized in Kolohi river in Assam’s Kamrup (rural) district.

November 7, 2014: Ten people, nine of them children, were feared drowned after a boat capsized in the river Ganga at Raalpur Ghat in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district.

A vehicle damaged by villagers protesting after a boat capsize lies on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway at Katha village near Baghpat town. (AP Photo)

August 5, 2014: An overcrowded boat, ferrying 40 passengers capsized in Ganga near Shooltankeshwar, around 20km from the Varanasi.

February 9, 2014: At least 11 people, including women and children, were killed and several others went missing after a motor boat carrying about 120 passengers capsized in the reservoir of the Hirakud Dam in Odisha.

January 26, 2014: At least 21 people have died after a boat carrying tourists capsized in the Bay of Bengal off the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

April 30, 2012: An overloaded ferry breaks in half and sinks during a storm on the Brahmaputra river in the northeastern state of Assam. At least 203 people died in the tragedy.

December 25, 2011: Twenty-two persons died after the boat in which they went on a pleasure trip capsized in Pulicat Lake.

June 2011: Nearly 40 people drowned when a boat carrying about 50 people capsized in the river Ganga.

December 2010: A boat tragedy in Bay of Bengal off the Tamil Nadu coast killed 15.

June 14, 2010: More than 75 people were feared dead when an overcrowded boat ferrying around 100 passengers capsized in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district.

Mother of a victim wails near the dead body of her daughter as protesters block traffic by placing bodies of victims of a boat capsize on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway at Katha village. (AP Photo)

September 2009: In Bihar, at least 60 people, including 34 children, drowned when a boat capsized in the Bagmati river.

September 30, 2009: 45 people died when a double-decked boat capsized in Lake Thekkady in the Periyar National Park.

February 20, 2007: Fifteen school children and three teachers drowned when 103 students of the St. Stephen’s School in Angamaly district were returning from a picnic to the Bhoothathankettu reservoir. At Thattakedu, 70km from Kochi, one of the boats capsized, drowning 15 students, aged between 10 and 12, and three teachers.

October 15, 2005: Around 56 labourers on an overcrowded boat drowned when their boat capsized in a river in Ballia,

July 20, 2002: More than 24 people were feared drowned in a boat accident in Chapra district. The boat, which was carrying over 60 people, capsized midstream on its way to Muzaffarpur.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 16:25 IST