Kota, Sept 17: The National Disaster Response Force has rescued a total of 19 people while 11 bodies have been recovered after a boat, carrying over 40 devotees to a temple, capsized in the Chambal river in Kota district here, an NDRF official said.
According to the official, three people including 2 children and a woman are missing and rescue operation by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams is still underway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed grief over the boat capsize. "Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Kota, Rajasthan. My thoughts are with those who have lost their near and dear ones," The Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of the kin of the people who died in the incident. Earlier in the day, he tweeted to express grief. "The incident of a boat capsizing in the Dhibri Chambal at Kota's Khatoli police station area is extremely saddening and unfortunate. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims in the accident," the tweet read.