Kendrapara: Number of deaths in the tragic boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river in Odisha’s Kendrapara district rose to 10 as nine more bodies were recovered late last night and this morning.
The deceased, including eight children and two women, have been identified as Prabhati Swain, Ishan Dalei, Sushree Pallavi Swain, Anu Tarai, Sai Tarai, Debashish Sahu, Debasmita Pani, Rojalin Sahu, Subhashree Swain and Dhanu Sahu. They were residents of Hasina village in Kujang area of Jagatsinghpur district.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakhs each to the next of kin of the deceased and free treatment to the injured ones.
CM @Naveen_Odisha announced ex gratia of ₹ 4 lakhs to the next of kin of the deceased and free treatment to the injured in the boat tragedy at Hukitola.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) January 2, 2019
The ill-fated country boat carrying around 55 persons had capsized in Mahanadi river confluence near Nipania under Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district yesterday. The victims had gone on a picnic and were returning home when the mishap took place.
Though the exact reason behind the incident was yet to ascertained, initial reports suggested that overcrowding and poor condition of the boat were held responsible for the mishap.