Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Andhra boat capsizes: Navy's teams sent for rescue efforts

Andhra boat capsizes: Navy's teams sent for rescue efforts

Teams from the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into action.

In yet another boat accident in the Godavari in a span of five days, 35 tribals including children and women were reportedly missing when a boat carrying around 50 passengers capsized in the Godavari between Manturu in East Godavari and Vadapalli village in the Kondrukota panchayat of West Godavari on Tuesday.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for.

Proper record-keeping is rare on the many ferries that work the Godavari, making it hard to know how many people were on the boat.

East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that they have located the launch. When it was just 10 minutes from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds rocked the boat so much that it lost its balance and capsized. According to Reddy, the driver of the boat had said there were 25-26 passengers onboard, however, the actual count of the passengers was 40.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh and prayed for the safe return of those missing. Condolences to the bereaved families.

Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister N Chinarajappa directed officials to send NDRF teams to the accident area.

Chandrababu Naidu also took to the micro-blogging site and said the incident is "highly painful" and officials have been asked to take up the rescue operations on a war footing.

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