India: 8 Trucks Slide From Cargo Vessel And Sink Into River Ganga, 2 People Missing

On Monday, eight stone-filled trucks sunk into the Malda district of West Bengal’s Ganga River. Eight people suffered the weight of the incident, with two missing and six rescued. The search operations for the missing people are ongoing.

The mishap happened when the lorries toppled off a Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) vessel while coming from Jharkhand to Manichak in Malda after it developed a snag. A RORO vessel carries passengers along with vehicles. There were 9 trucks loaded on it, 8 of which have been submerged in water. A total of nine trucks were loaded on it, out of which eight have been drowned in water.

After this accident, six truck drivers and four Khalasi were taken out of the Ganges by the people. One of the ship’s staff and the drivers of the remaining trucks are currently missing. The area of the accident belongs to the Malda district of West Bengal.

8 Trucks Slide From Cargo Vessel And Sink Into River Ganga, 2 People Missing, Rescue Missions Still Underway
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After this misfortune, six truck drivers and four Khalasi were taken out of the Ganges by the people. One of the ship’s staff and the drivers of the remaining trucks are currently missing.

On Monday around 7 pm, while visiting the ghat at Manikchak, near the incident Malda Zilla Parishad Sabhadhipati Gaur Chandra Mondal said, “The Manikchak ghat is maintained by Malda Zilla Parishad. According to the local people, the launch, loaded with eight trucks, came from Rajmahal ghat of Jharkhand. During the time of unloading of the trucks at the Manikchak ghat, the launch capsized in the river Ganga due to some unknown reason. As a result, initially, eight people went missing, along with the eight trucks. The Malda administration has started an enquiry into the cause of the incident.”

Around 5-6 people were injured, their treatment is being done in the Manikchak’s hospital, the ship was also deteriorated and suffered damage.

Reference: indiatoday.in

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