14 feared drowned as rescue boat capsizes in Maharashtra’s Sangli

Sangli (Maharashtra): As many as 14 people were feared drowned after a private rescue boat overturned in Bramhnal village of Sangli district in Maharashtra on Thursday, sources said here.

The tragedy took place when the rescue boat, carrying 32 people from the flooded Brahmanal village on the banks of river Krishna, capsized due to overloading.

While 14 people, including eight women and four children, disappeared in the flood water, few of them succeeded in swimming to safety.

According to sources, the boat was overloaded and without any life jacket.

National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) team has been pressed into service to take up rescue work.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who was on a visit to flood-affected areas of Kolhapur and Sangli districts, rushed directly to the Palus tehsil to take stock of the situation.

According to district disaster management authority, 30 people were on board.

Dead bodies of total nine people including seven women, four of them from Karnataka working as agriculture labourers and a two-month-old baby were fished out from water, while five people are still missing.

Fadnavis has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to each of the affected family.