16 Dead, Including 14 Students, After Boat Capsizes in Harni Lake, Vadodara

16 People, Including 14 Students and 2 Teachers, Dead After Boat Overturns in Harni Lake, Gujarat

Tragedy struck in Gujarat on Thursday as a boat carrying 27 students and 4 teachers capsized in Harni Lake on the outskirts of Vadodara city. So far, 16 people have lost their lives, including 14 students and 2 teachers.

The victims have been identified as Mohammad Ayan Mohammad Anis Gandhi (13), Falguniben Manishbhai Patel (45), Roshni Pankajbhai Shinde (10), Rutwi Pratik Shah (10), Chhayaben Surati (45), Jahabiya Mohammad Yunus Subedar (10), Vishv Kumar Kalpeshbhai Nizama (10), Rayan Harun Khalifa (10), Sakina Sokat Abdulrasur (9), Alisabanu Mahamad Umar Kothariwala (9), Muvavza Mohamed Mahir Sheikh (8), Nancy Rahul Mali (8), Ayat Altaf Huseni Mansuri (9), and Asiya Faruk Khalifa (11). One survivor, Sufiya Shaukat Shaikh (13), is currently receiving medical treatment.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing, with the National Disaster Response Force leading the efforts. Four individuals still remain missing.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has also declared ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

Expressing his condolences, Prime Minister Modi said, “Distressed by the loss of lives due to a boat capsizing at the Harni Lake in Vadodara. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. May the injured recover soon. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected.”

Preliminary reports suggest that the students from New Sunrise School were on a picnic at the lake. The boat they boarded, designed for 16 passengers, was carrying 34 occupants when it capsized. Fortunately, 18 students and 2 teachers were rescued. However, the rescue operation faced challenges due to sludge at the lake’s bottom.

Chief Minister Patel has promised strict action against those responsible and has visited the injured victims at the hospital. The opposition has called for a judicial investigation into the incident, claiming negligence on the part of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation.

As the investigation continues, the government expects a report within 10 days to determine the cause and circumstances of the tragedy.

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