RAIPUR: Three people, including a woman and a child, were feared drowned after a boat carrying villagers capsized in the river Indravati in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, officials said today.
The incident took place under Nelasnar police station limits last evening when a wooden boat carrying around eight people capsized in the river Indravati, Bijapur Collector Yashwant Kumar, told PTI.
While five of them swam to safety, three are still missing, he said.
After visiting Nelasnar village weekly market, the villagers were returning to their respective places in neighbouring Abhujmad area situated on the other side of Indravati river.
Soon after receiving an alert, police team along with rescue personnel, rushed to the spot and an operation was launched to trace the missing people, he said.
The missing people were identified as Aasmati, a 5-year-old son Ramlal, and a youth Gume (19), Kumar said.
"Divers are still searching for the missing people in the river and as of now we can't confirm if they are dead," the collector added.