12 kids, 2 teachers die in India’s boat tragedy
GUJRAT: (Web Desk) Twelve students and two teachers of a private school died after their boat capsized on Thursday in Harni Lake in Gujarat’s Vadodara.
The boat was ferrying 27 students while none of them were reportedly wearing life jackets. Following the incident, the fire brigade has launched a search operation for the students.
“A boat carrying school students, who came here on a picnic, overturned in Harni lake in the afternoon,” said Vadodara’s chief fire officer Parth Brahmbhatt. “The fire brigade has so far rescued seven students, while a search is on for the missing ones.”
An Indian agency reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the families of the injured.
In a post on X, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said that he had cancelled his appointements and would leave for Vadodara. He also said that the state government would give a solatium of Rs 4 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the family of the injured.
He maintained, “At present, emergency relief-rescue and treatment operations are going on through the system. We all feel and pray that more and more lives can be saved.”