Andhra Boat Capsizes: Navy's Teams Sent For Rescue Efforts, 23 Still Missing

Andhra Pradesh At least 12 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Godavari river

Andhra Pradesh At least 12 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Godavari river

The actor turned politician has been touring in Settipally village and he responded on the boat tragedy that took place last evening in East Godavari.

The rescue efforts were on despite darkness, said local legislator V. Rajeswari, who was supervising the rescue and relief operations. Divers went down to the bottom of the river bed and tied ropes to the capsized boat while the personnel on the shore pulled the ropes, with their bare hands, and recovered some trapped bodies inside.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram.

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The State government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the victims of the mishap that occurred on May 15 near Manturu village in East Godavari district with bad weather considered a probable cause.

"As per the information we gathered from the witnesses, more than 30 persons are still missing", he told TV channels. When it was just 10 minutes from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds rocked the boat so much that it lost its balance and capsized.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness over the incident.

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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu arrived at Polavaram in West Godavari in a copter and he proceeded to Vadapalli by road and inspected the rescue operations. Condolences to the bereaved families.

Being the weekly shandy day, the boat was over crowded with the tribals buying their household needs at Devipatnam and returning to their habitations situated along the down stream of the river.

Congress Minister Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "I'm deeply anguished by the tragic loss of innocent lives in the boat capsize on the Godavari River".

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