Passenger boat capsizes in the Godavari, 25 missing

  • Passenger boat capsizes in the Godavari, 25 missing

Passenger boat capsizes in the Godavari, 25 missing

A major tragedy has struck a boat carrying 40 people in Godavari river in East Godavari district.

Officials said since the boat capsized at a remote area and information on what exactly happened was not received.

Officials said all the passengers on the boat were tribals from Kondmodalu, Kachluru and Taluru villages in East Godavari district. Ar per report of PTI 10 people swam to safety. "Some of us requested that the boat be stopped at Mulapadu, a stop before Mantur, when we noticed that the weather was rough, but the driver chose to go ahead", a survivor said. According to news agency ANI, rescue teams have reached the spot.

"The rescue work is in process and going on in full swing", the official said. "Officers have been ordered to carry out relief operations on the war footing", said a statement issued by Naidu.

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.