Andhra Pradesh: 11 dead after boat capsizes in Godavari River

Dozens still missing after sight-seeing boat capsized in Godavari killing 12

Latest india news Dozens still missing after sight-seeing boat capsized in Godavari killing 12

Rescue officials near the site of the boat capsize in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.

At least 12 people drowned and around 30 were missing after a boat carrying them to a tourist spot capsized in the swollen River Godavari in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, police said.

The Chief Minister also ordered all the available ministers in the district to rush to the scene and supervise the rescue work.

Due to nightfall, the rescue operations are hampered.

He directed the officials to suspend all boating services immediately in the region. As of now, it has been reported that at least 11 people have died and 24 passengers have been rescued so far by the NDRF teams and the Kachaluru villagers.

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A report by news agency PTI said that the boat had set off from Gandi Pochamma Temple near Devipatnam and was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu hill range, a prime tourist destination.

Nearly 300 personnel using boats and a helicopter were engaged in the search operation on Monday including from the Indian Navy and the National Disaster Response Force.

District Collector, Superintendent of Police and other government officials of irrigation and revenue departments also rushed to the mishap site in Devipanam limits in East Godavari district. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased", Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Though the boat has license, it was not yet clear whether it had the required permission to ferry tourists since all boat operations in the river have been prohibited because of the flood.

"The boat tilted on one side all of a sudden". She also prayed that the missing passengers of the boat are rescued. Many slipped and many of us jumped as it turned complete upside down.

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Speaking to media, a survivor said a boat which was near the ill-fated boat rescued him and many others.

President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, "Saddened to hear of capsizing of the boat in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh".

The river has been in spate for the past few days and over 5.13 lakh cusecs of floodwater was flowing on Sunday afternoon when the mishap occurred.

An ONGC chopper has also been pressed into service.

Meanwhile, based on AP Government's request, the Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy is sending a Naval Dornier along with a naval diving team, inflatable Gemini boats apart from other equipment.

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