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Kanpur: Boat capsizes in Ganga during idol immersion, 9 missing


Nine persons are missing after a boat carrying 12 onboard capsized in Ganga while during the immersion of a Ganesha idol in Kanpur on Thursday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred at about 6 PM at Siddhnath Ghat in Jajmau where 12 persons of Shivkatra colony in Lalbangla area were on a boat which lost balance and capsized, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

Three persons, including a woman, were rescued by the locals and they have been sent to a hospital where two are in serious condition, he said. The DM said nine others are still missing and four women and as many children were a part of the group on the boat.

A team of divers has been deployed in the search for those missing, he said, adding, halogen lights are being arranged to continue the search during the night. He said a steamer has been pressed in service and a net is being placed in the water. He also said ambulances and a team of doctors have been called to the site.

Senior districts officials including SSP Shalabh Mathur, ADM Avinash Singh are present at the site to supervise the search operation.

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