16 killed, seven missing in Andhra Pradesh as boat capsizes in Krishna river; rescue operations underway

At least 16 people were killed after an overloaded boat capsized in Krishna district's Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, ANI reported. PTI reports that seven people are still missing since the incident.

The boat was navigating the Krishna river. According to IANS, there were 38 tourists on the boat belonging to a private operator and was said to be on a trial run. Locals and fishermen from the vicinity rescued 15 people.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and Krishna district authorities are undertaking search and rescue operations to trace the missing people. Two teams each comprising 30 NDRF personnel, a 45-member team of the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and 60 members of the Disaster Response and Fire Services Department have been roped in for the rescue operation.

According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered.

Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

The incident occurred when the boat set off for Pavitra Sangamam at Ferry village near Vijayawada from Bhavani Island, the police said.

"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and most of them were not provided life jackets. It capsized near a curve as it approached the Pavitra Sangamam point and most of the people were trapped underneath and were killed," an Assistant Commissioner of Police said.

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa, Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others expressed grief over the incident.

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.

This incident comes after 22 people died after a boat capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat. In a separate incident, at least six people had drowned in river Ganga in Bihar’s Maranchi.

With inputs from agencies. 

Published Date: Nov 13, 2017 07:00 AM | Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017 07:01 AM

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