At least 16 dead after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway

13 November, 2017

Alerted government immediately pressed disaster management forces in to service to rescue people struck in the water.

The administration was investigating what exactly caused the incident, but the initial probe found that the private boat operator did not have the necessary permission to ferry people, Lakshmikantham said.

The police had also informed that nine people had drowned in Vaishali.

Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 16 bodies so far in the tragic incident. "As it was nearing the ferry point, it came to a sudden halt as a result of which passengers fell towards one side of the boat and it overturned within seconds", a survivor told the local media persons. As many as 20 passengers, who were wearing life jackets, managed to swim to the shore safely.

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On the other hand, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is closely monitoring the rescue and search operations.

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.

Andhra Pradesh Congress committee president N Raghuveera Reddy visited the accident spot and later the hospital.

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