2017 Patna boat accident

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2017 Patna boat accident

River Ganges
Time Around 18:00 (IST)[1]
Date 14 January 2017
Location Ganges, Patna, Bihar State, India
Cause Overcrowding
Deaths 25

On 14 January 2017, a boat carrying more than 40 passengers capsized in the Ganges in the Indian city of Patna, Bihar, killing 25 people.[2][1] The boat was about to reach the bank when it capsized.[3] Overloading is suspected to be the cause of the accident.[2]


The boat was returning from a kite-flying festival on an island in the middle of the Ganges, as part of the Makar Sankranti celebration in the city of Patna.[3][4][5] The small boat, which was overloaded with passengers,[3] was about to reach the bank when it capsized.[3] The boat’s capacity was 30 people, but estimates from local officials placed its actual load at 40 to 50.[6]

Rescue operation[edit]

Rescue operations located 19 bodies on January 14, and five more on the 15th before they ended once, according to local police, there were no more outstanding missing persons.[6] Nine people were retrieved from the river by rescuers,[5] while about a dozen swam to shore.[6] Eight people were hospitalized[6] at the Patna Medical College and Hospital.[5]


The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced an ex-gratia payment from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of those who died in the boat accident and ₹50 thousand for those seriously injured.[1][7] Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also announced that compensation of ₹4 lakh will be given to relatives of each of the dead.[4]\

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