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23 missing after boat carrying 40 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh's Godavari river

17 May, 2018, 07:06 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Andhra Pradesh At least 12 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Godavari river

They were headed to the scenic Papikondalu, or "Papi Hills" in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Additional diving teams had also been sent by two helicopters to join the rescue operations, Eastern Naval Command, which is leading the rescue efforts, said.

The search and rescue operations are now underway with two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 35 members each deployed at the spot, along with a 90-member team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

Giving an update about rescue operation, the officer said, "We have been able to trace the location of the boat".

Speaking to TNM, a local CPI (M) leader, Venkat Rao said, "It is really unfortunate that among the passengers who drowned, there are people who came to meet revenue authorities at Indukurupeta regarding rehabilitation matters".

USA sanctions 'possible' on European companies doing business with Iran
However, President Trump has explicitly noted that U.S. hopes to reach a "fair" deal with Iran through new rounds of talks. "It's clear that there should also be economic incentives - that will not be easy after the US decision", Maas said.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for. When the incident happened, there were about 50 passengers (including tribals and a marriage party) on board and some of them successfully reached the banks by swimming.

Describing the deaths as nothing but government killings, Pawan said it was unfortunate that the government was least bothered about lack of permissions and checking fitness of the boats to operate in the river. As many as 44 persons were travelling in the launch.

Chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu also visited to oversee rescue operations.

The boat, with about 40 passengers, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) from Devipatnam when the tragedy struck. In a tweet, Mr Modi extended his condolences and prayed for the safety of those missing.

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