At least nine people were killed and seven other missing after a private van with 18 of a family fell into River Ganga at Danapur, near Patna, Bihar. The bodies of nine people, including three children and three women, were recovered. Two swam to safety.
The tragedy occurred when a pick-up van with the family from Nasriganj area of Danapur overturned from a makeshift iron bridge and fell into the river. The pick-up van was pulled out from the river.
The family was returning from a pre-wedding ceremony held in Akilpur village across the river.
Expressing grief over the tragic accident, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex gratia of four lakh rupees to each of the next of the kin of the deceased.