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May 01, 2012 at 09:31pm IST

Assam boat tragedy: No clarity on death toll yet

Dhubri: More than 100 people have been found dead and the death toll from the boat accident in the Brahmaputra River in Assam's Dhubri continues to rise. As rescue teams searched for survivors, the families of those who died and those who were missing were inconsolable.

A day after the ferry capsized, very few bodies have been recovered. There is no clarity on the number of people dead. While there were conflicting reports, a clear picture will emerge only in the days to come.

Minorities Affairs Minister Nazrul Islam said, "Till we get any information on those missing, we will not be able to find out the actual number of deaths. That is difficult for us."

It was right in the middle of the Brahmaputra river where the accident took place. The ferry was crossing the river when it met with a cyclonic storm and apparently as per reports, the ferry broke into two parts.

Ticket sale records for the boat show that there were 280 people on baord. So the question is as to where have all the people disappeared.

BSF IG PK Behal said, "Most of the bodies seem to have been pushed away. We have asked for Bangladesh's help."

Against the fury of nature, the rescue work seems increasingly futile. Despite tragedies like this, for the people who live along the great river in Assam, ferries and flimsy boats remain their lifeline to civilisation.