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

Anna Jefferson
May 17, 2018

Earlier reports had said that at least 10 people swam to safety.

"The fact that the boat had sunk 60 feet deep into the river waters itself shows the magnitude of the tragedy".

Ferry disasters occur frequently in India, often because of overcrowded boats or poor maintenance.

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 cause of the Tuesday accident was not clear.

The boat, carrying 55 people, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the incident took place.

Eight people drowned after their boat capsized on Sunday.

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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

State Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa, Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao, Minister N Anand Babu, Rajahmundry MP M Muralimohan, local MLAs, collectors and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of East and West Godavari districts accompanied Naidu in his visit. Condolences to the bereaved families.

Rescue operation that was launched immediately did not yield much result on Tuesday night due to adverse weather and darkness.

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. I pray that the injured recover soon.

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