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After the incident of boat capsizes in the Mahanadi river on Wednesday evening, eight bodies were recovered along with the body of a woman. The incident took place in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. The number of the dead bodies mounted to nine on Thursday.

Kendrapara district Collector Dasarathy Satpathy said, “Altogether nine bodies have been recovered, while one person is still missing.”

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed his deep sympathy and announced on Thursday ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh each for the relatives of the deceased.

On Wednesday night Mr. Patnaik instructed the search team and administration to start the rescue operations at an advanced level.

Two women aged between 40 and 45 years and seven children (7 to 10 years) was dead in this incident Mr. Satpathy said. The victims belonged to Hasina village in Kujang area of Jagatsinghpur district.

On Wednesday evening, a mechanized boat was carrying 10 people in the Mahanadi River when the boat capsized. They were returning from a picnic at the Light House at Hukitola. The boat loses its balance in Batighar stream which is under the jurisdiction of Mahakalpada Police Station.

Mr. Satpathy added that fire brigade personnel and members of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), along with Coast Guard teams and local fishermen, carried out the rescue and search operations.

According to the Police, residents of Hasina village staged a blockade on Paradip-Cuttack and Paradip-Chandikhole roads at Bhutmundai demands adequate compensation for the families of the deceased.

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