Sightseeing boat accident in India kills 12, dozens missing

Sightseeing boat accident in India kills 12, dozens missing

Sightseeing boat accident in India kills 12, dozens missing

At least 12 people have drowned and dozens of others missing after a sightseeing boat capsized on a swollen river in southern India, police and local media reports said. 17 people have so far been rescued while scores are still missing.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy had directed the state authorities to co-ordinate in the rescue operation.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex gratia of ₹5 lakh to each of kin of victims from the state. He also directed officials to suspend all boating services in the region immediately. CM Jagan Reddy has also ordered checking of all boat permits, licences and safety measures.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief over the loss of lives in a boat capsize in Andhra Pradesh.

Rescue officials near the site of the boat capsize in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Kumar visited the Government General Hospital, Rajahmundry to meet the bereaved families.

While the rescue operation is now underway, four dead bodies have been recovered from the river.

President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, "Saddened to hear of capsizing of the boat in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh". My deepest condolences to the families of those who have perished in this tragedy. Two SDRF teams, with 40 members, also reached the spot.

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Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force, comprising 30 members each, have been deployed.

The boat started off for the picturesque Papikondalu, a prime tourist destination, from Gandi Pochamma Temple near Devipatnam and it capsized near Kachhuluru, the sources said.

Rescued passengers were shifted to a government hospital at Rampachodavaram, superintendent of police (East Godavari), Adnan Nayeem Asmi, said.

"The boat tilted on one side all of a sudden". There was total commotion and chaos. Many slipped and many of us jumped as it turned complete upside down.

Most of the tourists in the boat were from Hyderabad and Warangal in neighbouring Telangana. Only five could save themselves while there's no trace of others.

Ironically, state's Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita revealed that the private boat was operating without required permits. "The tourism department says it has not given this boat permission to ply tourists". The river has been in spate over the last few days and 5.13 lakh cusecs of water was flowing on Sunday afternoon when the accident took place.

Six teams of fire fighting personnel with eight boats were also participating in the rescue work. Local police and officials are going to the spot.

Due to nightfall, the rescue operations are hampered.

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