Andhra boat capsize: 12 bodies recovered, CM announces ex-gratia

Andhra boat capsize: 12 bodies recovered, CM announces ex-gratia

The incident occurred around 4:30 pm in East Godavari districts.

Emergency workers recovered 12 bodies from a river and were searching for another 10 missing people on Wednesday after a ferry capsized in southern India, officials said. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada and Visakhapatnam had also been deployed. "According to our initial probe, around 20 people are still missing".

Locals claim that almost 50 people were on board and 10 swam to safety.

As per locals and Telugu media, several of the passengers had come to give representation to revenue authorities regarding matters pertaining to Polavaram rehabilitation issues, while many of them had come to the weekly market as well.

Chandrababu Naidu took an aerial survey of the accident site over the Godavari river
Chandrababu Naidu took an aerial survey of the accident site over the Godavari river

Boat owner Khaja was among those who swam to safety.

Police told TNM that a criminal case has been filed against the owner of the boat, and he is in police custody.

Earlier in the day, Naidu personally monitored the operation of pulling out the boat and into rescue operations. When the incident happened, there were about 50 passengers (including tribals and a marriage party) on board and some of them successfully reached the banks by swimming. Heavy winds caused the mishap around 6pm on Tuesday near Manturu village, 18km from the mandal headquarters of Devipatnam. Many people are feared drowned in the boat tragedy.

Divers failed in trying to locate the boat on Tuesday night due to the bad weather and darkness. Seventeen people have been pulled out of the water. District Collector Karthikeya Mishra and other top officials were on their way to the accident spot.




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