Dhenkanal Boat Tragedy: 3 Bodies Recovered, 3 Still Missing


BHUBANESWAR: The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Dhenkanal districts has reached to three as the ODRAF team on Tuesday recovered the body of a 13-year old boy.

The ODRFA team is still searching three persons, who are missing after a boat capsized in Brahmani river at Chandipal ghat on Monday night.

The dead bodies of a nine-year-old and 13-year-old were recovered on Tuesday, while another rescued girl breathed her last at the hospital yesterday. Two ODRAF teams are carrying out rescue work to trace the missing persons.Dhenkanal Boat Tragedy 3 Bodies Recovered, 3 Still Missing

Meanwhile, the Odisha government on Tuesday ordered a probe into the boat capsize incident.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) directed the district collector to probe into the incident and submit its report.

“The boat was carrying 30-35 passengers from Surapratappur village to Daudeswar Shiva temple in Gondia, which capsized in Brahmani river. The boat left the Chandipal Ghat for its destination which is not a government-auctioned Ghat. District Collector has been asked to probe into the matter, and efforts are on to trace the four missing persons,” SRC Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra informed.

Following the incident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the district administration to carry out search and rescue missions on a war footing.

Minister Prafulla Mallick, Dhenkanal Collector, and SP reached the spot and reviewed rescue operations.