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Boat tragedy: Death toll rises to 15, search op to fish out more bodies

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OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:

The death toll in the Sambalpur boat tragedy rose to 15 with the recovery of four more bodies today, official sources said.

Sixteen persons are still missing after the major boat tragedy in the Hirakud reservoir on Sunday afternoon, state Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra said on Monday.Sambalpur Boat Tragedy

Mohapatra said the office bearers of Lions Club have told the district collector that 20 members of their picnic party are still untraceable.

A six-member scuba diver team has been at work and they are trying to enter the sunken boat to look for bodies, he said.

The state government will provide an ex gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the next of kin of each victim and underwrite all expenses towards treatment of the injured, the senior official said.