At least 22 people lost their lives after a boat carrying over 60 people capsized in Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district early on Thursday.
Police and rescue teams reached the spot and managed to bring 10 people to safety and admitted them to a local hospital.
Rescue operations are still underway, PTI reported. Police have recovered 22 bodies so far while a search is on to trace the others. Local villagers have also joined to assist in the rescue operation.
According to reports, the boat was carrying labourers from Katha village in Uttar Pradesh to Sonipat in Haryana. The boat was carrying more people than it could accommodate. It had a capacity for only 35 passengers, district magistrate Bhawani Singh told the Hindustan Times.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the incident.
The death toll is expected to rise.
Meanwhile, angry villagers and family members of the deceased have blocked traffic by placing the dead bodies of the victims on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway. They also pelted stones at police and torched a few vehicles.
#UPDATE 15 people dead, 12 people rescued and admitted to hospital after a boat carrying 60 people capsized in river Yamuna in Baghpat
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