Saturday, 18 November, 2017

16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra

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Howard Terry | 13 November, 2017, 00:50

"Rescue operations are on to know the whereabouts of missing persons", deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa, who holds home portfolio, told reporters late evening.

This incident comes after 22 people died after a boat capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat.

The boat overturned while it was returning from the Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, where the Godavari meets the Krishna. Swimmers and local fishermen rescued 15 passengers as the boat capsized.

The incident occurred around 5.45 PM when a private tourism boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village, the official said.

Around 20 of the roughly 35 people on the boat were rescued and search operations were continuing, India's National Disaster Response Force said on Twitter. Eleven people have been rescued, and the whereabouts of the others is not known.

The incident occurred around 5.20 p.m. when the tourists, a lot of them hailing from Ongole town in Prakasam district, were coming to Pavitra Sangam for religious rituals. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town.

Conflicting versions are emerging on the cause of the accident. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were present in the boat when it overturned.

Tourism Minister Akhila Priya ordered probe into the incident.

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