One dead, several feared missing in Indian ferry clash


On September 8, 2021, people were rescued from a ferry cap-sized resting place on the Brahmaputra River near Nimatigat in Jorhat, about 350 km from Guwahati, the capital of Assam in northeastern India. (AP photo)

Guwahati, India — Two passenger ferries collided in a river in northeastern India on Wednesday, killing at least one and leaving several others missing, officials said.

One of the boats sank into the Brahmaputra River in a head-on collision, said Ashok Berman, deputy commissioner of the city of Jorhat. The crash occurred near Nimatigart, a river port in Jorhat, about 220 miles from Guwahati, the capital of Assam.

According to Berman, four rescued passengers were taken to the hospital and one died.

According to Prankrishna Gogoi of the Assam Department of Disaster Management, 60 people have been rescued. He said about 120 people were on two boats.

The cause of the collision was not immediately apparent.

The state’s prime minister, Himanta Biswa Salma, posted on Twitter that he was suffering from the accident and would visit the site on Thursday.

Associated Press