Several feared drowned as boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

And because the area is a tribal region, there are very few lights on the banks to help rescuers locate the missing passengers, Hyderabad-based newspaper The Hans India reported. While Navy divers were airlifted to the spot, NDRF, SDRF, Fire and other rescue teams reached by rubber boats.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa spoke to East Godavari district officials over phone and enquired about the incident.

At least 40 people are feared drowned after a boat capsized in the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh, Tuesday, May 15.

Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives. He said officials had been asked to take up the rescue operations on a war footing.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. They are saying that due to the wind and rain several women and children locked the door of the cabin and were stuck inside when the boat went down.

The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said.

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