Over 40 feared drowned as boat capsizes in Godavari

Devin Lawrence
May 17, 2018

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

Congress Minister Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "I'm deeply anguished by the tragic loss of innocent lives in the boat capsize on the Godavari River".

Though a warning about the inclement weather was issued at least half an hour in advance, there was no communication system in the boat to receive it, Naidu said. However, at least 23 people continue to be missing even as the rescue and relief operations are underway.

He said a total of 44 people were on the launch and half of them swam to safety. He was informed by the officials that the launch was carrying cement bags and two-wheelers.

A major mishap was averted on May 10 when a boat with 80 passengers caught fire near Pudipalli on the East-West Godavari border and the driver pulled the boat safely to shore.

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The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. He said the government would provide jobs to one member each from the families of the victims and would also make arrangements for free education for their children. "Divers broke open the windows and a door to bring out the bodies".

Speaking to the press, CBN said, "the Boat (launch) has been thoroughly checked in the morning on the day of the incident".

Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister N Chinarajappa directed officials to send NDRF teams to the accident area.

The boat, with about 40 passengers, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) from Devipatnam when the tragedy struck.

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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