One killed, 8 missing as boat capsizes in Mahanadi River in Odisha

Paradip: A woman was killed while eight others went missing after a boat capsized in Mahanadi River confluence near Nipania in Kendrapara district this evening.

According to sources, around 40 people from Ratanpur area of Kujang Tehsil had gone for a picnic in a boat. However, it capsized after some people stood on the boat while the sailor had gone to attend nature’s call.

The boat overturned while it was reportedly ferrying the picnickers from Hukitola Lighthouse to Kujang area of Paradip.

Firefighters, local administration along with some fishermen have started a rescue operation. They have rescued around 30-35 people while others are still missing.

Kendrapara Sub Collector Sanjay Kumar Mishra, meanwhile, informed that a team of Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) from Cuttack is on its way to join the rescue operation.

The rescue operation is affected due to acute darkness and severe cold weather, however efforts are on to trace the missing persons, Mishra added.

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