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May 01, 2012 at 08:35pm IST

Assam boat tragedy: 24 hours on, 200 still missing

Guwahati: It has been almost 24 hours since a ferry capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. Rescue operations are on in difficult weather conditions. Reports say 103 are dead, but many were still missing as the ferry was carrying 350 people.

The police, Army, BSF and National Disaster Relief Force personnel have been working to find the survivors, but bad weather and a strong river current made operations difficult.

BSF IG PK Behal said that no bodies were recovered on Tuesday so far, but search and rescue operations were on.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The Prime Minister also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of those who died in the tragedy.

In another boat tragedy, 12 people missing after a boat capsized at Jaleswar.