Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

AP CM directs officials to send rescue teams to accident site Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari, 23 Feared Missing
| 17 May, 2018, 07:03

A team of divers, along with Dornier aircraft, have been sent to Rajahmundry to join rescue operations. On Wednesday, teams of Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) brought a JCB from the nearby Polavaram project site but could not pull out the wreckage of the boat from the river.

Eight people drowned after their boat capsized on Sunday.

"They are still travelling by boats to reach the officials to get the compensation amount", the Jana Sena chief said.

According to local people, there were 40 people on boat including a marriage party.


Naidu also asserted that the boat was inspected by officials before it took off.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. "When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, boat lost balance and slid one side". He also announced government job would be provided to an eligible person each from the families of the victims and a house would also be built for them.

Mr Reddy alleged: "It is the government's indifference that has led to three mishaps in past six months as the boats are allowed to ferry passengers illegally and everyone from the top leadership to the cadres are involved in taking bribes". However, with all the doors and windows of boats closed, recovering the bodies trapped inside proved to be cumbersome exercise for the divers.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to launch rescue operations on war footing. East Godavari district Collector Kartikeya Misra, Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni and West Godavari SP Ravi Prakash are supervising the rescue operations.

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