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6 drowned, 36 rescued as boat capsizes in Narmada river in Maharashtra’s Nandurbar

According to Nandurbar Police Control official Balasaheb Gaidhani, around 50 people boarded a boat and went into the river to perform Makar Sankaranti rituals when the tragedy struck.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2019 17:39 IST
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Six people died and 34 were rescued after a boat capsized in the Narmada river near Bhushangaon village in Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district on Tuesday, police said.
Six people died and 34 were rescued after a boat capsized in the Narmada river near Bhushangaon village in Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district on Tuesday, police said. (ANI Photo/Twitter)
         

Six persons died Tuesday after a boat ferrying them capsized in the Narmada river in Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district, police said.

Altogether 36 persons have been rescued so far, and are admitted to a local hospital, an official said.

The boat was carrying around 60 people who were on way to perform a river worship ritual on the occasion of Makar Sankranti when it capsized, the official said.

Rescue operations are underway, the official said.

The deceased hailed from villages along the river in the tribal-dominated district in north Maharashtra, police said.

Prima facie, it appears that the incident occurred as the boat was carrying more number of people than its capacity, police said.