Three persons, including a two-year-old girl, drowned and at least eight others are missing following a boat-capsize incident in the backwaters of Upper Wardha dam at the tri-junction of Amravati, Wardha and Nagpur districts on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
All of them are believed to be from related families.
Amravati (Rural) Superintendent of Police Hari Balaji told The Indian Express, “11 persons are feared dead in the boat capsize…Three bodies have been recovered so far. We are searching for the rest.”
Balaji said, “All belonged to related families from Tarasawangi, Gadegaon, Tivsaghat and Loni villages on Amravati-Nagpur border. They were on some sort of excursion.”
It was learned that the families had come to Gadegaon for the 10th-day ritual of a deceased member of their family. On Tuesday, some of them had set out in a boat to reach a nearby Mahadev temple for a darshan.
The SP said, “The boat, which had a carrying capacity of just 4-5 people, was ferrying 13 people, including the boatman. This may have caused it to capsize.”
Among those feared drowned are four minors, including three girls, and four women.
The boatman has also died in the mishap, according to Balaji.
Those travelling on the boat included Narayan Matke, 45, Ashwini Khandale, 25, Vrushali Waghmare, 19, Atul Waghmare, 25, Vanshika Shivankar, 2, Nisha Matre, 22, Kiran Khandale, 28, Aditi Khandale, 13, Mohini Khandale, 11, Piyush Matre, 8 and Punam Shivankar, 26.
Of these, bodies of boatman Matke along with that of Shivankar and Kiran Khandale were recovered.
Two persons — Shyam Matre, 27, and Kumar, 35 — survived the mishap.
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