10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari 23 Feared Missing

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. Additional diving teams had also been sent by two helicopters to join the rescue operations, Eastern Naval Command, which is leading the rescue efforts, said.

The NDRF and other rescue operation teams were successful in pulling the capsized boat out of the waters.

Earlier in the day, Naidu personally monitored the operation of pulling out the boat and into rescue operations.

Speaking to TNM, a local CPI (M) leader, Venkat Rao said, "It is really unfortunate that among the passengers who drowned, there are people who came to meet revenue authorities at Indukurupeta regarding rehabilitation matters".

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The State government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the victims of the mishap that occurred on May 15 near Manturu village in East Godavari district with bad weather considered a probable cause.

Khaja, who operates the boat, surrendered before Devipatnam police. When the boat was caught in gusty winds and rains, those onboard closed the windows. While a few jumped out and reached the bank safely, the remaining got stuck inside the boat. As many as 44 persons were travelling in the launch.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa spoke to East Godavari district officials over phone and enquired about this incident.

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