New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: One person died and several people are missing after two passenger ferries collided with each other in the Brahmaputra river in Assam on Wednesday. The incident happened at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat, around 350 km from Guwahati.

"One death has been confirmed in the boat accident at Nimati Ghat, Jorhat. Rescue operation is underway," said Jorhat SP Ankur Jain.

NDRF Deputy Commandant P Srivastava said that 50 people have been rescued and 70 are still missing. 

Videos of the incident emerged on the internet wherein some people can be seen holding the boat and others can be seen jumping into the river to save themselves.

While a bunch of people managed to swim and save their lives, many are still feared to be missing. According to the reports, the mishap happened when the small ferry which was heading towards the Kamalabari hit the bigger ferry which was coming from the other direction.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident and tweeted: "Saddened by the boat accident in Assam. All possible efforts are being made to rescue the passengers. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being."

Expressing grief over the disastrous incident, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: "I am pained at the tragic boat accident near Nimati Ghat, Jorhat. Directed Majuli & Jorhat admin to undertake rescue mission expeditiously with help of @NDRFHQ & SDRF. Advising Min @BimalBorahbjp to immediately rush to the accident site. I'll also visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow."

 Meanwhile, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed at the accident site and rescue operations are on to find the missing people.

Posted By: Mallika Mehzabeen