Andhra Pradesh: 12 dead as tourist boat capsizes in Godavari

Our Bureau Rajahmundry | Updated on September 26, 2019 Published on September 15, 2019

Police personnel on a rescue boat sail towards the site when a tourist boat capsized in the swollen Godavari river in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019. The river has been in spate for the past few days and over 5.13 lakh cusecs of floodwater was flowing when the mishap occurred.   -  PTI

Search on for the remaining 65; Andhra CM announces ex-gratia of ₹10 lakh

Tragedy struck  tourists and the crew in a boat out for a ride  on the Godavari on Sunday afternoon,  after it was caught  in a whirlpool and  capsized near Kucchuluru village in Devipatnam, resulting in the death of at least twelve tourists.

Search is on for the remaining 60-65 tourists who had came from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The ill-fated boat was on its way to Papikondalu, a tourist spot. According to sources, the capacity of the boat is  about 90 and there were enough life-jackets, but it is not known whether the tourists and crew made use of them.

The Godavari has been in spate for the past few days, but the flood water was receding on Saturday and Sunday, and five lakh cusecs of waters was flowing in the river when the tragedy occurred. When the river is  in spate, no tourist boats are allowed but it is not known how the boat was allowed on Sunday or whether it was an unauthorised trip.

Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy, TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders expressed shock over the incident. The Chief Minister announced ex-gratia of ₹10 lakh to the next of the kin of victims. He instructed the East Godavari Collector to suspend all boat trips and take immediate steps to help the victims.

Helicopters from the the Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam, have been pressed into service to trace the victims. Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are also on the job.

Published on September 15, 2019
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