Thursday, 13 December, 2018

10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari 23 Feared Missing Representational Image
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Till now, 17 people have been rescued while others are still missing.

The district authorities reached the accident site along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to conduct rescue operations.

A Dornier aircraft carrying diving teams have been sent to Rajahmundhry in Andhra Pradesh for rescue operations after a boat capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday. There were 20 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety.

The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said.

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The ill-fated boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when tragedy struck. Survivors are saying that the boat got caught in high speed winds and heavy rain and when the driver tried to steer it towards the shore it tilted to one side suddenly and went down.

According to Reddy, the driver of the boat has said there are 25-26 passengers in the boat at the time of the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation. Condolences to the bereaved families.

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