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Boat tragedy: CM announces Rs 2 lakh for victims' families

PTI 05 Aug 2014, 23:40:53 PM IST
Lucknow: Expressing grief over the capsizing of a boat in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the victims and ordered officials to carry out rescue work on war footing.

“Expressing grief over the incident, the CM has directed to extend financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the family members of the victims of boat tragedy,” a spokesman said here.

He said the CM has directed the district administration to carry out rescue and relief work on war footing and ensure proper medical facility to those injured.

Eighteen of the 40 people went missing today after a boat carrying them capsized in the Ganga river at Betawar ghat near Shooltankeshwar area here, police said.

The boat, going to Mirzapur from Varanasi, capsized due strong flow of water in the afternoon, said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Pradeep Gupta.