Odisha boat tragedy: Death toll reaches 24; Rahul visits accident site

Thirteen more bodies were recovered by scuba divers on Monday; seven people still missing.

Sambalpur (odisha) | Updated: February 10, 2014 3:36 pm
Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day tour of Odisha and will visit the accident site. (PTI) Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day tour of Odisha and will visit the accident site. (PTI)

The death toll in the Odisha boat tragedy climbed to 24 with scuba divers recovering thirteen more bodies on Monday.

The incident took place on Sunday when around 120 people from the Lion’s Club of Sambalpur, Hirakud and Bargarh, were returning after going to other side of the reservoir for a picnic.

The bodies were found as scuba divers were engaged in the morning to trace the missing persons after the boat capsize in Sambalpur district on Sunday, Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said.

Efforts were still on to trace the seven missing persons.

Eleven bodies were handed over to their family members on Sunday night after postmortem.

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the site of accident in Hirakud reservoir and conducted an aerial survey of the area.

He spent some time at Jamadarpali Ghat on the bank of Mahanadi river near Hirakud reservoir and met some families who have lost their relatives in the tragedy.

Gandhi, who is currently on a two-day visit to the state, was accompanied by PCC president Jaydev Jena and AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad.

The Congress leader also enquired about the rescue and search operation being carried out to locate the missing people.

Locals said people panicked when water began to flood the boat from numerous leaks. Many jumped out to get into two other boats travelling close by. This led to the accident as the boat lost balance and capsized.

Hirakud lake, reportedly the biggest artificial lake in Asia with a reservoir holding capacity of 743 square km, was formed after the Hirakud dam was built across Mahanadi river in 1957.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Siddhartha Krishna
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:24 am
    Rahul's presence will lead to early addressable of the issue! May those who lost their lives RIP.
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      kashid
      Feb 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm
      राहुल गाँधी लोगों की भावनाओं को भलि-भांति समझते हैं...बरसाती मेंढकों की तरह वह चुनाव प्रसार करने के बजाए लोगों की समस्याओं और चुनौतियों को हल करना चाहते हैं.
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        kashid
        Feb 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm
        राहुल गाँधी लोगों की भावनाओं को भलि-भांति समझते हैं...बरसाती मेंढकों की तरह वह चुनाव प्रसार करने के बजाए लोगों की समस्याओं और चुनौतियों को हल करना चाहते हैं.
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          riva
          Feb 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm
          ओडिशा में हुई घटना बेहद दुखद है. कांग्रेस की ओर से इस मुद्दे को लेकर उनकी संवेदनशीलता को देखा और समझा जा सकता है कि वह क्या हैं और क्या कर सकते हैं?
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            riva
            Feb 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm
            ओडिशा में हुई घटना बेहद दुखद है. कांग्रेस की ओर से इस मुद्दे को लेकर उनकी संवेदनशीलता को देखा और समझा जा सकता है कि वह क्या हैं और क्या कर सकते हैं?
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              riva
              Feb 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
              ओडिशा में हुई घटना बेहद दुखद है. कांग्रेस की ओर से इस मुद्दे को लेकर उनकी संवेदनशीलता को देखा और समझा जा सकता है कि वह क्या हैं और क्या कर सकते हैं?
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                riva
                Feb 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
                ओडिशा में हुई घटना बेहद दुखद है. कांग्रेस की ओर से इस मुद्दे को लेकर उनकी संवेदनशीलता को देखा और समझा जा सकता है कि वह क्या हैं और क्या कर सकते हैं?
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                  riva
                  Feb 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm
                  कांग्रेस पार्टी देश की कठिन से कठिन स्थितियों से छुटकारा दिलाने वाली पार्टी है. इसीलिए हम कांग्रेस को भगवान शिव के समान भी रख सकते हैं. क्योंकि जब अमृत मंथन हुआ था तब शिव जी ने सारा विष पी कर संसार को बचाया था.
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                    riva
                    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm
                    कांग्रेस पार्टी देश की कठिन से कठिन स्थितियों से छुटकारा दिलाने वाली पार्टी है. इसीलिए हम कांग्रेस को भगवान शिव के समान भी रख सकते हैं. क्योंकि जब अमृत मंथन हुआ था तब शिव जी ने सारा विष पी कर संसार को बचाया था.
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                      Harish
                      Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 am
                      Congress has always served the country . That's why India like Congress because of their so clear vision and always work on that because Congress party is made for the people.
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                        Harish
                        Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 am
                        Congress has always served the country . That's why India like Congress because of their so clear vision and always work on that because Congress party is made for the people.
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                          KATTAAN
                          Feb 10, 2014 at 10:13 am
                          Congress is spending crores and crores for facelift of the MR.ZERO RAKUUUL. he is good for nothing. RAHUL HAS NO EDUCATION, NO EXPERIENCE, NO TRACK RECORD. HE WAS EATING AND SLEEPING FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. NOW HE IS DOING ALL KINDS OF DRAMA. WE WILL NEVER BE CHEATED BY THIS CONGRESS. MONEY SPENT ON THIS ID**T IS ALL WASTE . INSTEAD OF SPENDING ON THIS , THEY CAN CONSTRUCT SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS. CRORES ARE GOING TO DRAIN.
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                            KATTAAN
                            Feb 10, 2014 at 10:13 am
                            Congress is spending crores and crores for facelift of the MR.ZERO RAKUUUL. he is good for nothing. RAHUL HAS NO EDUCATION, NO EXPERIENCE, NO TRACK RECORD. HE WAS EATING AND SLEEPING FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. NOW HE IS DOING ALL KINDS OF DRAMA. WE WILL NEVER BE CHEATED BY THIS CONGRESS. MONEY SPENT ON THIS ID**T IS ALL WASTE . INSTEAD OF SPENDING ON THIS , THEY CAN CONSTRUCT SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS. CRORES ARE GOING TO DRAIN.
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                              Komal Tanwar
                              Feb 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                              Congress Vice President Rahul hi want to serve country as a youth icon, as a solder, as a leader. He is not power hungry leader like BJP's Narendra Mod. The people who give the votes decide everything and people will cast for Rahul hi, because young india's thinking is different they believe in democracy.
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                                Komal Tanwar
                                Feb 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                Congress Vice President Rahul hi want to serve country as a youth icon, as a solder, as a leader. He is not power hungry leader like BJP's Narendra Mod. The people who give the votes decide everything and people will cast for Rahul hi, because young india's thinking is different they believe in democracy.
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                                  Komal Tanwar
                                  Feb 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                  Congress Vice President Rahul hi wants to make the young potion of India join politics. It is his vision and aim. The youth will inject energy in the country and it will see faster growth and less corruption. No other party other than Congress is giving a platform to the youth for joining politics and contributing in bringing about the required change for good.
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                                    Komal Tanwar
                                    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                    Congress Vice President Rahul hi wants to make the young potion of India join politics. It is his vision and aim. The youth will inject energy in the country and it will see faster growth and less corruption. No other party other than Congress is giving a platform to the youth for joining politics and contributing in bringing about the required change for good.
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                                      Manish
                                      Feb 11, 2014 at 10:01 am
                                      Rahul hi want to serve country as a youth icon, as a solder and leader. He is not power hungry leader like BJP's Narendra Mod. I think Youth leaders have more knowledge and innovative ideas. Which is good for the Indian positive politics.
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                                        Manish
                                        Feb 11, 2014 at 10:01 am
                                        Rahul hi want to serve country as a youth icon, as a solder and leader. He is not power hungry leader like BJP's Narendra Mod. I think Youth leaders have more knowledge and innovative ideas. Which is good for the Indian positive politics.
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                                          Mithun Mithun
                                          Feb 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm
                                          Superb initiative taken by him. This shows his concern about the people. Unlike another politicians who went visit other states to deliver their speech and come back.
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                                            Disquskurr
                                            Feb 13, 2014 at 6:11 am
                                            Rahul, a drug addict, who did not visit the parliament in the last 7 years, never met the press in 10 years, SUDDENLY wanted to use this HORRIBLE tragedy to get some publicity for lost congress party. This low behavior to utilize death of children and woman can only come from hi and his family.
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