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Boat mishap kills five school children in flood-hit Assam

October 09, 2012 20:00 IST

Tragedy was in store for five children who were riding on boats braving the flood waters to their school to appear for the on-going examination. Their boats capsized killing them. 

The tragic incident occurred in the flood-ravaged Morigaon district of Assam on Tuesday. Five school children including two girls drowned in the swirling flood water.

A senior police official informed that the children were going to school by boats because the road leading to their school had been breached by the flood water of the Brahmaputra River.

Local people and personnel from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) swung into action and rescued other children who were travelling on those boats.

The official said the two boats capsized around the same time at different locations about three kilometers apart. One incident occurred at Pabhakhati in which two boys and one girl drowned, while one boy and a girl died in another boat capsize at Bhalukijhar.

The school children were riding the boats without being accompanied by any adults. These boats belonged to two separate households. Life in the areas where these school children hail from has been crippled by the inundation by flood water. With no roads, small country boats with the capacity of carrying only four persons per boat are the only mode of transport for the people in these areas.
K Anurag in in Guwahati