At least nine people, including five children, drowned in two incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, the police said. While six picnickers died after falling into the Ganga in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati river when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, they said.
The police had earlier in the day said that nine people had drowned in Vaishali. However, Naseem Ahmed, the in charge of Fatuha police station, who visited the spot, said, “Three men, who were pulled out of the water and whom we had thought to be dead, turned out to be alive during medical examination.”
The six deceased, five children and a woman, were from Dariyapur in Fatuha sub-division of Patna district and they belonged to two families. The incident happened when they had gathered atop a mound formed by silt near Mastan Ghat for a Sunday picnic, Ahmed added.