Patna, July 2 (Calcutta Tube) Atleast five people drowned and around 40 were missing after a boat capsized in Gandak river in Bihar’s Bettiah district Friday morning, an official said.
Local people recovered five bodies from the river and district administration officials were carrying out rescue operations, an official said.
Bettiah district is around 280 km from state capital Patna.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs.1.5 lakh for the kin of each of those drowned.
The state government has ordered a probe into the incident.