Thursday, 16 August, 2018

India boat capsize leaves 12 dead, 10 missing

Many feared drowned as boat capsizes in river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh Representational image
Jan Cook | 17 May, 2018, 07:05

They finally located the boat after more than five hours of search but pulling it out proved to be a daunting task, officials involved in the rescue operation said. Cranes were used to salvage the boat while teams from Navy, National and State Disaster Response Forces worked to retrieve dead bodies.

Eight people drowned after their boat capsized on Sunday.

The victims included members of a wedding party and people from local tribal communities, who regularly use the boats to reach their villages across India's second largest river that flows from the west of the country to the east coast.

He said a total of 44 people were on the launch and half of them swam to safety. "Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district". However, at least 23 people continue to be missing even as the rescue and relief operations are underway. The Government will also provide housing, job opportunities to the families. Heavy winds caused the mishap around 6pm on Tuesday near Manturu village, 18km from the mandal headquarters of Devipatnam. However, with all the doors and windows of boats closed, recovering the bodies trapped inside proved to be cumbersome exercise for the divers. "There was gale yesterday and the boat was also laden with cement bags and two-wheelers".

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation.

Khaja, who operates the boat, surrendered before Devipatnam police.

East Godavari district Collector Kartikeya Misra, Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni and Prakash, the West Godavari SP, supervised the rescue operations.

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