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13 November 2017, 12:49 | Terri Saunders
Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway
At least 16 people died and others were feared drowned after a tourist boat packed with 35-40 passengers capsized into river Krishna at the Pavithra Sangamam ghat near Vijayawada on Sunday evening. We are in the process of identifying the victims.
The authorities have pressed into service a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue the missing passengers.
According to the Newspaper, The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen. Search and rescue operation is still on.
China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. Local media reports suggested the boat was overloaded with passengers and the buoyancy of water changed leading to the disaster.
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The tourism department of Andhra Pradesh had given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.
Director general of police N Sambasiva Rao, Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham and the other senior officials of the district administration are personally supervising the rescue operations.
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