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At least 16 dead after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

13 November, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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At least 14 bodies have been recovered after a boat capsized at river Krishna's Pavitra Sangamam ghat in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

The boat overturned while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, where the Godavari meets the Krishna.

Thirty-eight people were on board when the ferry capsized while turning toward the river bank, officials said.

Reports said that 15 persons were rescued by local fishermen and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were pressed into service to trace the missing persons, a senior police official said. According to IANS, there were 38 tourists on the boat belonging to a private operator.




The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

Last week, at least nine people, including five children, drowned in two incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police had said. The boat was owned by private agency, Simple Water Sports.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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