Tue, 01 May 2012 11:59:00 GMT

Assam ferry mishap: Toll expected to rise as search continues

Guwahati: Rescuers today scoured the waters of the Brahmaputra River amidst torrential rain to locate the over 100 missing in Assam's worst boat disaster that left 103 dead even as authorities feared that the toll may rise.


Assam ferry mishap: Toll expected to rise as search continues

"The death toll may rise as more than 100 are missing and the exact toll will be known after the search operation," Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita said.

Rescuers and divers of the Army, BSF and NDRF with speedboats were searching the waters this morning amidst torrential rain which was continuing since last night to locate more bodies as the ferry was carrying over 300 passengers when it was caught in a storm and capsized in Dhubri district yesterday, he said.

"The National Disaster Relief Force, BSF and Army and personnel of the district administration are continuing search operations amidst torrential rain which has continued till this morning," Kalita said.

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