Mumbai : In a shocking incident, a boat carrying over 32 people after being rescued form the floods in Maharashtra have been capsized, leaving 10 people, including a toddler dead and six missing.
The incident took place on Thursday morning around 9 am at the backwaters of the Krishna river in Bramhanal village in Palus Taluka in which is around 25 kilometer away from the Sangli district. The boat was moving towards Vasagade village in which 16 people feared drowned while 19 were rescued. Out of the 10 dead, eight have been identified.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaiskar said that the boat was ferrying people beyond its capacity. The villagers used a boat to travel which was owned by the Zilla Parishad. It had the capacity to ferry 20 people but 32 people were on board due to which it might have lost balance and capsized. We are further investigating the matter.
However, it was alleged that the boat, owned by Zilla Parishad was used after the locals got no help from the civic authority in spite of repeatedly contacting them. Local residents complained that for the last three days their village and nearby area were underwater.
but even as the water level rose, neither the rescue Army nor the NDRF came to their aid. Thereafter the locals acquired a boat owned by the Zilla Parishad and 32 people boarded in it. Near a canal,it rammed against something and capsized. The village sarpanch, Police along with us locals rushed to the spot and rescued people.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has declared Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased