15-member SDRF team undertaking search and rescue operation to retrieve victims from the river near Disangmukh Afala in Sivasagar district
Sivasagar: A day after two girls went missing from the Brahmaputra river near the Disangmukh Afala area of Sivasagar district in Assam on Sunday, search and rescue operations are being conducted by a 15-member team of the state disaster relief force (SDRF), but without any luck so far.
The victims, identified as Anjali Chetri, an HS 1st year student of BR Ambedkar Junior College, Disangmukh, and her cousin sister, Arati Chetri, hailing from the Philobari area of Tinsukia, had gone to the area near the river along with some relatives to perform a religious ceremony around 10 am on Sunday.
The incident happened when Anjali was swept away by the strong undercurrent while trying to immerse the puja’s offerings into the river. When Arati tried to pull her out, she, too, was swept away.
“Soon after the incident, the district administration sent the SDRF teams to search for the girls. However, despite repeated attempts, the team has not been able to locate them so far. Today, about 15 SDRF personnel, divided in two groups, have already started the search operation. Three boats have been used in the rescue operation,” said Biren Chetri, Anjali’s brother.