23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh

23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh

23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh

The AP Government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 Lakhs to the family of the deceased in the Godavari River boat capsize incident. Additional diving teams had also been sent by two helicopters to join the rescue operations, Eastern Naval Command, which is leading the rescue efforts, said. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds. At least 40 people were onboard, including 20 members of a marriage party, reported the Hindustan Times. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who rushed to the scene to supervise rescue operations, told reporters that 10 more bodies were yet to be pulled out.

"The river is very narrow now and not very deep, so if the boat had a problem the boat driver can reach the river bank within five minutes".

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.

The boat belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident.

But boat accidents are also common in India for other reasons mainly overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety.

Prime Minister Modi condoled loss of lives due to collapse of under-construction flyover in Varanasi.

Giving an update about rescue operation, the officer said, "We have been able to trace the location of the boat". Condolences to the bereaved families.

State Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa, Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao, Minister N Anand Babu, Rajahmundry MP M Muralimohan, local MLAs, collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of East and West Godavari districts accompanied Naidu in his visit. I pray that the injured recover soon.

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