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As many as 16 people went missing in Jharkhand after a storm near Barbendia bridge caused a boat to capsize. There were a total of 18 persons on board, who were going to Jamtara from Nirsa, Dhanbad. A total of four persons have been rescued and admitted to a nearby hospital. 

The NDRF team has rushed to the spot and rescue operation is underway, the Jamtara district administration said. 

The deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police are camping at the site beside the Barakar river, the main tributary of the Damodar.

Earlier reports had said that the boat capsized in the Damodar river. In a Twitter post, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, "Unfortunate information has been received about the boat capsizing near Birgaon in Jamtara district. The team of district administration and NDRF is doing the work of rescue operation."

The administration is facing difficulties in the rescue operation owing to rain. A part of Jharkhand is witnessing a spell of winter rain due to western disturbance. 

With PTI inputs

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