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

Many feared drowned as boat capsizes in river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh

In yet another boat accident in the Godavari in a span of five days, 35 tribals including children and women were reportedly missing when a boat carrying around 50 passengers capsized in the Godavari between Manturu in East Godavari and Vadapalli village in the Kondrukota panchayat of West Godavari on Tuesday. Earlier reports had said that at least 10 people swam to safety. All the occupants of the boat were members of the Kondareddi tribal community, The Indian Express reported.

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.

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East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra said that they have located the launch. Survivors are saying that the boat got caught in high speed winds and heavy rain and when the driver tried to steer it towards the shore it tilted to one side suddenly and went down. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.

The boat apparently belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident, ETV reported. Local police personnel are also involved in the rescue operations. She is in shock and undergoing treatment at Rajahmundry, " an official said. According to news agency ANI, rescue teams have reached the spot.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada & Visakhapatnam have been deployed for rescue operations in the Godavari boat capsize incident.

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