Gandbal Grieves: Local Schools Declared Two-Day Mourning After Tragic Boat Accident Claims Lives of School Children


In a touching display of solidarity and empathy, local schools in Gandbal and its adjacent areas have declared a two-day mourning period, standing in solidarity with the grieving families.

A tragic incident unfolded in Gandbal, Srinagar, as a boat carrying primarily school children capsized in the River Jhelum on Tuesday, resulting in at least six fatalities. Three persons including two children are still missing and a rescue operation is underway.

The neighboring areas of Gandabal—Soiteng, Lasjan, Padshaibagh, Batwara, and Shivpora—are united in mourning, their hearts heavy with sorrow for the families torn apart by this unfathomable tragedy.

Messages of condolence and sympathy pour in from all corners, echoing the shared grief and profound sense of loss.

The local schools at Gabdbal and its adjacent areas have declared two day mourning to express solidarity with victim families. Some schools have also announced to hold special prayers for the deceased especially for school going children who lost lives in this tragedy.

“We are deeply saddened about the recent tragic incident that happened in the nearby area (Gundbal) Soiteng on 16/4/2024. We have lost many precious lives. Our hearts ache for the immeasurable loss, their families are enduring and we extend our most sincere condolences to their families during this difficult time,” wrote one of the local schools in its message to parents.

“The loss of their lives has left an indelible mark on all of us. Regarding this matter, the school will remain closed for two days, i.e. Thursday and Friday. With heartfelt sympathy from our side,” it added.

The closure of schools for two days serve as a poignant reminder of the lives lost and the irreplaceable void left behind. “In this time of mourning, let us stand together, offering solace and support to those who need it most, and keeping the memories of the departed alive in our hearts forever,” said a group of locals at Soiteng.

A somber atmosphere envelops Gandabal and its neighboring areas as the community grapples with the heart-wrenching aftermath of a devastating boat tragedy.

The toll of the tragedy stands at six young souls lost, while the agonizing wait continues for the safe return of three more, including two children. Rescue operations are underway, but the anguish and despair loom heavy in the air.

While the top officials from civil and police administrations are present at spot to supervise the rescue operation, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is personally monitoring the rescue efforts.

Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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